National Theatre prepares for GDPR with cloud security system

18 August 2017

As well as protecting its end users and our data, the theatre needed to take employee behaviour into consideration as part of its IT security strategy.

As well as protecting its end users and our data, the theatre needed to take employee behaviour into consideration as part of its IT security strategy.

London’s National Theatre is using cloud-based technology as part of its IT strategy that is focused on protecting end-users and meeting the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into force next year. 

The theatre as replaced its legacy products with Forcepoint Web Security Cloud for what’s claimed to be “up-to-the-millisecond” threat identification and user behavioural analysis. By aligning security technology and governance to process and educate users, the IT operations team is helping train and adjust human behaviour through continuous, but not intrusive, technical supervision.

Forcepoint says its solutions have helped the National Theatre’s IT team better understand user behaviour and motivations in order to protect critical data, while ensuring employees could do their job without interruption.

According to the vendor, security challenges cannot be solved solely with technology. “Both end-users and employees pose a challenge and an opportunity for organisations to properly manage their critical data and IP,” says Forcepoint s deputy CISO Neil Thacker. “Understanding the relationships between the behaviour and motivations of employees and their data is becoming a strategic requirement for a contemporary security plan.”

The EU’s GDPR will apply to the UK as from April 2018 and places even greater emphasis on safeguarding sensitive data (see News, Jan 2016). With Forcepoint, the National Theatre says it has successfully put the relevant people, processes and technology in place to continually deal with this new legal and regulatory requirement.

This latest development at the theatre follows its ongoing cloud migration announced earlier this year (see News, Mar 2017 issue).