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How to Implement File Analysis for GDPR Challenges

Published: 10 October 2017

ID: G00341712

Analyst(s): Garth Landers , Julian Tirsu , Shane Harris


The European Union General Data Protection Regulation will have a major impact on how enterprises manage structured and unstructured content. Infrastructure and operations leaders should look to existing practices in areas such as e-discovery, as well as new technology adoption.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Conduct a Content Inventory to Identify Islands of Data Relevant to Complying With GDPR
  • Use File Analysis Tools That Provide a Wide Array of Capabilities
    • Quick Deployment
    • Support for Many Content Types and Storage Environments
    • Reporting Abilities
    • Low Total Cost of Ownership
    • Policy Enablement and Monitoring
  • Build on and Leverage Current E-Discovery Practices and Personnel and Refine in Preparation for GDPR Compliance
    • Interview Key Personnel
    • Identify and Validate Current Technology Usage
  • Use GDPR Compliance Initiatives for Better Long-Term Data Governance Initiatives
    • Begin With Backup
    • Recognize File Analysis as a Tactical, Rather Than a Strategic Approach
    • Evaluate Data Masking for Structured Data

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