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The GDPR audit program

Every business in the EU comes under the control of GDPR, or in other words, it can be said that GDPR holds all these businesses and takes them to the new level of excellence. Given the global scope of today’s digital-based commerce, the GDPR is so, and its impact is on the business across the world (inside or outside the physical borders of EU).

The GDPR audit program bundle facilitates a holistic framework. This framework is proposed for reviewing all the data-practices in the context of GDPR. The GDPR audit program contains quite technical tasks because they focus more on the set of IT controls and which reviewed and access by IT auditors. The GDPR audit program bundle addresses both general and particular audit perspectives. For that, this bundle tailored two components for a specific audit focus.

The components to address audit perspectives

  1. A comprehensive audit program (GDPR Audit Program—Enterprise)
  2. A narrow audit program covering only technical portions of GDPR (GDPR Audit Program—Technical)

For auditors to complete the task of the effectiveness of IT controls on data processing, a professional program has been manufactured. On the other side, a comprehensive plan works on a full range of depth of enterprise-level auditing for GDPR.

The main objectives of the audit

The cardinal purpose of GDPR audit is to evaluate and report the management regarding the effectiveness of GDPR, how it is being governed, monitored and managed. The results of the reviews of the audits will assist in reducing the risks of non-compliance to GDPR. Moreover, the outcome will focus on GDPR governance and response mechanism.

  1. An evaluation of GDPR policies, procedures along with operating effectiveness should be given to management.
  2. Identify control weaknesses that could result in increased usage of unsanctioned GDPR solutions and greater likelihood that the answers are not detected.
  3. Assessment of the organisation’s response and its impact, besides this also evaluate the management of GDPR.

Audit Scope

The GDPR audit or insurance program is created on the categories mentioned below.

  1. Implementation of GDPR is directly proportional to the implementation of controls.
  2. To keep on-going data protection and privacy sorted, Maintenance Controls are necessitated.

The scope of organisational functions, system and assets to be reviewed, will be identified by the auditor conducting the audit. The supporting workbook consists of the inventory of possible controls, control attributes and test procedures for GDPR audit program implementation and compliance. The list should not be used without design review and localisation.

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