Silwood Expands Series of GDPR Starter Packs for Major Application Packages

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Silwood Technology, a vendor of metadata discovery software, has expanded its series of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Starter Packs for major application packages. Starter Packs for Oracle E-Business Suite and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 join existing solutions for SAP, JD Edwards and Siebel that are designed to help users quickly and simply identify the precise location of personal data.

Acknowledging the 25 May 2018 compliance deadline of GDPR, the company is encouraging application package users and its channel partners to ensure they have, at minimum, instigated the discovery and documentation of personal data before the deadline.

The GDPR Starter Packs are based on Safyr, Silwood’s metadata discovery software that enables users to access, understand, share and use the underlying data structures of major application packages.

Nick Porter, founder and technical director at Silwood, says there are two reasons for interest in the Starter Packs: “First, it is highly unlikely that all organisations will have documented personal data in leading application packages by 25 May. Those that are not fully compliant will need to undertake this work later as part of their data protection programme, but there is an urgency now to find tools to find data quickly and accurately.

“Second, GDPR compliance is not a one-time event. When maintaining compliance, Safyr will be of value in keeping data catalogues, inventories and glossaries up to date with the locations of personal data across packaged applications”.

Customers using Silwood’s Safyr application for supported application packages can request a Starter Pack free of charge. Each pack contains a set of Safyr Subject Areas that describe and identify each type of personal information, including social security number, IP address and phone numbers. The packs work with customer systems by overlaying the subject areas on metadata extracted from customised application packages.