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Microsoft ready to aid enterprises in complying to Data Privacy Act
By Jonnah Pante - on 20 Mar 2017, 11:12am

Microsoft ready to aid enterprises in complying to Data Privacy Act

In line with its commitment to data security and privacy, software giant Microsoft is ready to aid enterprises in complying with the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

(video from Microsoft Trust Center)

The Republic Act No. 10173 or Philippine Data Privacy Act (DPA) targets to protect every individual's information recorded on any IT and communication system in both government and private sectors. The said policy awards Filipino citizens the right to privacy and requires businesses to be accountable for their customers' data. The act also seeks to ensure personal data is protected no matter where it is sent, processed, or stored.

Image from National Privacy Commission Facebook page.

In order to comply to DPA, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) requires companies to appoint its own data protection officer, conduct privacy impact assessment, create a privacy management program, implement privacy and data protection measures, and regularly exercise breach reporting procedures.

Recognizing that the DPA is an important development in assuring individual privacy rights, Microsoft presented its comprehensive solutions to help businesses abide to DPA.

With Microsoft Azure, an organization can receive a level of data protection and physical security that is better than what typical on-premises data firewall protection provides. Azure helps businesses to be assured in knowing that their apps and data are getting the same level of protection chosen by Microsoft's enterprise customers, including some of the world's largest financial institutions.

Another solution, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) helps users to have a more secure and integrated productivity experience with Microsoft's enterprise mobility solutions by offering layered security across Identity, Devices, Apps, and Data, which helps in adhering to some of the key prescriptions of DPA, including multi-factor authentication, data protection with remote wipe and disconnection, and information protection at rest and in-transit.

Office 365, on the other hand, offers a more secured way of utilizing Microsoft Office which is advisable for business who are often processing important information.

In addition to all of that is the identity protection brought by Windows 10 by providing data encryption for devices and files, an important feature in assuring corporate data won't be accidentally leaked to unauthorized users or locations. Windows 10 also has enterprise-grade antivirus protection that is capable of locking down devices so users can only run trusted applications. 

Enterprises are expected to submit to the DPA until September 9, 2017, otherwise, will be charged with apt government sanctions. For interested consumers and a more in-depth take of Microsoft's solutions, you may visit the Microsoft Trust Center.