DATA PROTECTION AND INFORMATION SECURITY AUDIT

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Ensure Compliance
with a Data Protection and Information Security Audit

Do you want to understand your organisation’s compliance position? The DPAS compliance audit includes a look into UK GDPR, Data Protection Act 2018, PECR (and other relevant legislation), information security, codes of conduct, and best practice. In the constantly evolving environment, and continued move to digital data, it has never been more important to ensure that your data is appropriately protected, and your organisation is employing the appropriate techniques for success. New technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, and the uptick in Software as a Service providers, alongside a rapidly changing privacy landscape, are meaning organisations are faced with more compliance challenges, and information security threats than ever before. 

Completing an external audit will help you identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risk, and ensure regulatory compliance. In addition, an assured external audit, provided by subject matter experts can help establish trust with existing employees, current customers, and new prospects. Just as crucially, it can help to raise awareness internally, and promote best practice within your organisation, resulting in long-term culture changes that can benefit compliance. 

Our team of experienced data protection consultants will work closely with you to understand your current position, looking at policies, procedures, accountability documentation, and technical and organisational security measures. DPAS can perform compliance audits onsite, or offsite, allowing your organisation to continue business as usual with little to no disruption to your operations. Your dedicated DPAS consultant will use a variety of tools to investigate your current position, establishing where you may have data protection risks, and compliance gaps. Following this discovery phase, you will be provided with an extensive report, pragmatic recommendations, remedial advice, and an action plan on how to implement change in order to improve your position. 

With our Data Protection and Information Security Audit service, you will gain a deeper understanding of your security posture and current adherence to data protection laws, alongside a comprehensive remedial plan to ensure you can mitigate risks and improve overall compliance.

data protection and information security audit

The Rhodes Trust approached DPAS looking for an external consultancy to provide an impartial data protection and information security audit and board level report.

They wanted support to help identify, and address, any vulnerabilities or weaknesses in their data protection practices, and advice on any necessary changes to meet legal and regulatory requirements.

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When we went to the market DPAS impressed us with the breadth and depth of the services they offered.

We are a relatively complex organisation, the DPAS team quickly understood how our work fits together, and throughout the audit process I’ve appreciated the expertise of each member of the team that we’ve worked with.

Matthew treavis

the rhodes trust

Benefits

Evaluation by an experienced consultant. Our consultants work with a wide range of clients, and we will allocate consultants with outstanding knowledge within your sector. You can be confident that you will receive a professional, comprehensive audit from a trained professional.

DPAS recognises the complexity of the data protection landscape, and the time/resources that a full audit may take up, internally. Performing an external audit allows your organisation to concentrate on your primary business targets whilst feeling confident that your compliance assessment is in the safe hands of experienced professionals.

You will be provided with an extensive audit report that will identify key risks and provide remedial advice on how to reduce them appropriately. The report will include an action plan, which will address risk in priority order, allowing the organisation to plan its next steps accurately.

By engaging with DPAS, you show your commitment to compliance, and continuing to uphold high standards. By using an external auditor your organisation will be able to clearly demonstrate the efforts, and culture, of the organisation.

External auditors bring a fresh perspective to risk assessment and management. They can identify potential risks and vulnerabilities that may have been overlooked internally. By leveraging their expertise, you can gain a better understanding of your risk landscape, prioritise mitigation efforts, and implement proactive measures to reduce the likelihood of data breaches or security incidents.

Using DPAS will allow for an independent assessment of your organisation’s processes and effectively identify any risks and gaps in compliance. The audit will not be subject to internal conflicts of perspective and will provide balanced, facts-based recommendations to facilitate objective decision-making by your organisation.

What's Included?

Kick-off/Align Values: We begin by understanding your organisation’s data protection policies, security measures, and compliance requirements. This assessment helps us tailor our audit to focus on the areas most critical to your business.

Gap analysis: Our experts conduct a thorough analysis of your existing data protection and information security measures. We compare them against industry best practices and regulatory standards to identify any gaps or deficiencies that need to be addressed.

Compliance review: We assess your compliance with relevant data protection and privacy regulations, such as UK-GDPR, EU-GDPR, Data Protection Act 2018, PECR, FOIA , or industry-specific requirements. Our experts ensure that your policies and practices align with the necessary legal obligations and that practices are embedded into business as usual.

Risk assessment: We evaluate the potential risks associated with your data processing activities, including data storage, transmission, access controls, and employee practices. This assessment helps us prioritise risks and develop a risk mitigation strategy.

Security: Our team reviews your existing information security controls based on industry best practice, including physical security, network infrastructure, authentication mechanisms, encryption protocols, and incident response procedures. We provide detailed recommendations to strengthen your security posture and enhance your overall resilience.

Upon completing the audit, we provide you with a comprehensive report detailing our findings, including identified vulnerabilities, areas of non-compliance, and recommended remediation measures. Our team will also guide you through the implementation of the proposed improvements to enhance your data protection and information security practices.

Meet Our Team Of DPO's & CONSULTANTS

Nigel Gooding

Chief Data Protection Officer

Natalie Bennett

Head of Data Protection Consultancy

kristal rocks

DATA PRIVACY OFFICER

LAUREN DURHAM-HUTCHINS

DATA PRIVACY OFFICER

teresa gudge

DATA PRIVACY OFFICER

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

Easy to understand data privacy and information security services that are always accessable, consistenty pragmatic and continually exceeding expectations.

Outsourcing your data protection audit to our leading consultancy provides access to data protection professionals who stay current with regulations and possess subject matter expertise to support your organisation effectively.

By partnering with us, you will benefit from a cost-effective solution. We work closely with you to develop a customised plan that meets your specific needs and budget, eliminating the expenses of hiring an in-house team or seeking external legal advice.

 

Outsourcing your data protection audit offers flexibility without committing to a full-time employee. We have the capacity and capability to support your organisation whenever you need it, allowing you to focus on core business activities while ensuring data protection requirements are met.

Outsourcing your data protection audit offers flexibility without committing to a full-time employee. We have the capacity and capability to support your organisation whenever you need it, allowing you to focus on core business activities while ensuring data protection requirements are met.

With a wealth of experience in data protection and information security across various sectors, we deliver tailored solutions. We understand your organisation’s unique challenges and provide customised recommendations and strategies to enhance your data protection practices.