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What’s Data Protection Got To Do With It?

Securing your company’s data is not simply the right thing to do ideologically, it is essential to protecting your core organizational assets. If a business is driven by the creation and sale of products and services, it sits on a foundation of mission critical data that it must protect in order to thrive. Data protection is essential to manage risk to the organization’s infrastructure, intellectual property, and client data. As such, companies are dedicating more resources to risk mitigation with regard to data. New compliance regulations such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), have brought data compliance and standards into the forefront. The staggering fines tied to adherence to GDPR has grabbed headlines and dominated talk within the world of business in the United States and beyond. The cost of failing to comply with regulations is now being tied more than ever to a company’s profits and its executives.

While complying with regulations is not something new in the corporate world, the breadth of organizations being impacted by regulations and compliance requirements are widening. Industry verticals such as Finance, Healthcare, and Legal have long operated in highly regulated industries. Companies in these verticals work diligently to comply with the standards which apply to their specific industries—thus, they are constantly reviewing and enhancing their strategies as new regulations are rolled out or their circumstances change in a material way. Now, even companies that do not fall within the aforementioned industry verticals are exploring ways to cope with compliance regulations, particularly regulations around data protection.

Despite having the desire to implement data protection and compliance strategies, many organizations still wrestle with the challenges of data sprawl and managing complex data environments. Some organizations struggle with where to begin implementing their compliance strategies given the extraordinary amount of data they are responsible for managing and protecting. It can seem overwhelming, but the fact is that compliance is not a “nice to have”—it is a “must”. No longer relegated to certain industries, compliance requires that you adhere or face significant penalties. These regulations are in place to help avoid data breaches and to reduce the time it takes for companies to recover from data loss.

It’s critical that your data protection efforts be aligned with your testing strategy to help meet your compliance requirements. In the case of test data environments, automation has been a key component in compliance strategies. By performing testing on a more frequent and consistent basis, there is more opportunity to replicate best practices in complex testing environments. Cycle provides the next level of performance testing by aligning continuous testing with a seamless interface and platform to help streamline communication across the organization. This enables organizations to better understand how their compliance strategies are being adhered to within a test environment, so they can quickly address any gaps identified.

This post was written by:

Jillian Ketterer
Scrum Master, Product Development

Jillian is the scrum master for the product development team that builds Cycle continuous testing software. She has more than 10 years of experience in project management, training, and process improvement in the information technology sector.