Does my organization need to
comply with the CCPA?
Companies don't have to be based in California or have a physical presence there to fall under the law. They don't even have to be based in the United States. The CCPA is applicable to your company if:
- It collects/processes personal data of California residents.
- Your organization falls under any of the following thresholds:
- a) Has at least $25 million in annual revenue.
- b) Can be of any size, but collects personal data of at least 50,000 California residents.
- c) Collects more than half its revenue from the sale of personal data.
Consumer rights under the CCPA
The CCPA focuses on giving power back to the consumers. To achieve this, the regulation guarantees ten basic rights to all California residents. Businesses need to keep these in mind while preparing for their compliance journey.
Consumers will gain these rights under the CCPA:
- Right to know all personal data
- Right to say no to the sale of
- Right to sue companies in the event
of a data breach.
- Right to delete personal data collected
- Right not to be discriminated against upon
exercising any right under the CCPA.
- Right to be informed of what categories
of data will be collected.
- Mandated opt-in before the sale of data
belonging to children under sixteen.
- Right to know the categories of third parties
your data is shared with.
- Right to know the categories of sources
your data was collected from.
- Right to know the purpose of data
What does this mean for my organization?
If you haven't already begun preparing for the CCPA, it's high time you started reviewing your systems and processes to become compliant. These are some of the basic steps organizations will need to take to begin their compliance journey:
- Provide users the means to request access to their data and have the information on how you have used their data ready.
- Provide users with a "Do Not Sell My Information" option to prevent the sale of their information.
- Review and update your software, systems, and processes to meet the CCPA's requirements.
- Implement "reasonable security practices," as mandated by the CCPA, to protect against potential vulnerabilities and attacks.
- Start training your employees and teams regarding your updated privacy program.
How can IT help in preparing for the CCPA?
The CCPA's requirements may seem confusing or daunting at first, but the right solutions and configurations can greatly simplify your organization's compliance journey. Although there is no single solution that can address the entire regulation, there are many stipulations in the CCPA that can be made easier with the right processes and IT tools.
Data discovery and security
- Get insights into the personal data your company holds, including the type, location, and amount of personal data stored in each file.
- Keep your inventory of personal data updated with an automated file discovery feature, which scans your entire Windows file system at regular intervals.
- Keep personal and corporate data separate on mobile devices using containerization and encrypt corporate data stored on mobile devices.
- Update and regularly patch servers, endpoints, operating systems, and legacy and third-party applications.
- Blacklist anonymous or unsecured apps, restrict app downloads from third party stores, and restrict data sharing between apps to prevent data leaks.
- Employ security configuration management to detect and remediate any security misconfigurations that pose a data leakage threat.
- Secure internet-facing devices like web servers that act as a gateway to your organization's network.
- Enforce browser security policies to circumvent browser-based attacks that can potentially lead to data leaks.
- Restrict the use of devices with access to critical data within a geographical fence. Enable remote wipe on all corporate devices to remotely erase all data on a device in case it's lost or stolen.
- Audit changes to personal data (e.g. modification, deletion, renaming, or even permission changes).
Log management and analysis
- Centralize and correlate security data from different sources to identify potential data breaches instantly and avoid data loss.
- Watch out for unauthorized access attempts and anomalies in user activities on systems and services that store personal data.
- Perform in-depth analysis of firewall security logs to gain critical network intelligence about attempts to breach security and attacks.
- Manage, monitor, and audit administrative access to systems and applications that handle personally identifiable
- Monitor who accesses personal data, including when and where that data is used.
- Prevent unauthorized users from exploiting privileged access to personal data repositories.
- Detect when users access personal data without proper permissions.
- Audit permission change events to identify illegal or unauthorized permission changes related to personal data.
File integrity monitoring
- Ensure the integrity of confidential files and folders to generate instant notifications whenever critical file changes happen.
Breach detection and prevention
- Detect any data breach in your network instantly.
- Detect and contain known attack patterns such as denial-of-service (DoS), distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), SQL injections, and ransomware attacks.
- Use custom correlation rules and alert profiles for detecting unknown attack patterns, keeping personal data safe.
- Use an intelligent lo search engine to perform forensic analysis and determine when a breach occurred, its source, which data and systems were affected, and the responsible parties.
- Make your users reset their passwords immediately following phishing or brute-force attacks to avoid data breaches.
- Block unwanted executables, prohibit software in your network, and prevent remote code executions.
- Restrict the use of USB devices, in order to protect data from insider threats.
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Disclaimer: Fully complying with the CCPA requires a variety of solutions, processes, people, and technologies. The solutions mentioned above are some of the ways in which IT management tools can help with some of the CCPA's requirements. Coupled with other appropriate solutions, processes, and people, ManageEngine's solutions help achieve and sustain CCPA compliance. This material is provided for informational purpose only and should not be considered as legal advice for CCPA compliance. ManageEngine makes no warranties, express, implied, or statutory, as to the information in this material
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