The KVKK, or the "Law on the Protection of Personal Data" is a security standard in Turkey implemented in 2016. This standard is based on the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and is designed to protect personal data and give individuals more control over their data and how it is used.
The KVKK standard applies to all organizations operating in Turkey. It also applies to Turkish citizens living abroad and to non-Turkish citizens living in Turkey. The law requires organizations to obtain explicit consent from individuals before collecting, processing, or sharing their personal data. It also requires organizations to implement appropriate security measures to protect personal data, and to notify individuals and the relevant authorities in the event of a data breach.
Understanding the Importance of the KVKK
The importance of KVKK lies in the protection of personal data, which has become an increasingly important issue in today's digital age. With the increasing amount of personal data being collected and shared online, it's crucial that individuals have control over their personal information and that those using it are held accountable for protecting it. This is where KVKK comes in, by ensuring that organizations are transparent in their handling of personal data and that individuals have the ability to control their personal information.
One of the key aspects of the KVKK is the concept of "data controllers" which are defined as "real or legal entities that determine the purposes and means of the processing of personal data". These entities are responsible for ensuring that personal data is collected and used in compliance with the KVKK. They are also responsible for appointing a "data protection officer" (DPO), who is responsible for ensuring that the organization is in compliance with the KVKK and for handling any complaints or questions from individuals about the organizaton’s handling of their personal data.
The KVKK also includes several rights for individuals, such as the right to access their personal data, the right to have their personal data corrected or deleted, and the right to object to the processing of their personal data. Companies and organizations are required to respond to requests from individuals within a certain timeframe and may be subject to fines or other penalties if they fail to do so.
Challenges to Achieving Compliance
Security standards are becoming a considerable concern for organizations and particularly IT teams, as each of them require a lot of time to be implemented in an organization’s environment. The implementation process for KVKK requires a lot of time as there are a lot of rules for each IT environment. This is a challenge for your team to balance along with their existing daily workload.
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Staying on top of security audits requires more resources and this is, unfortunately, often an organization’s biggest challenge. Implementing all the rules of the KVKK in an environment and keeping up with the daily tasks is not easy. In modern IT environments organizations need to be compliant with many security standards and their IT resources are not able to fulfill all the tasks involved in the compliance process.
Complex IT Environments
The fact that most organizations operate in a complex environment makes the compliance journey even more difficult. Each different system or combination of systems, spread across on-prem, hybrid and/or multi-cloud requires a different set of security checks and compliance standards. Checking all these systems manually and applying the required resolution to each specific rule puts the organization in an unfavorable position.
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Achieving and maintaining KVKK compliance is a challenging task for all organizations. Runecast is a platform that can help organizations comply with the KVKK by providing visibility and control over their infrastructure. Considering how burdensome it is to stay on top of compliance with each individual security standard we have designed the perfect solution for you: Runecast.
Now you can say goodbye to long hours of scanning and implementing security standard compliance rules. The Runecast platform uses machine learning algorithms to analyze the configuration and security of your environments and identify potential compliance issues. This can include identifying misconfigurations that may leave personal data vulnerable to unauthorized access, as well as detecting vulnerabilities or missing security patches. Runecast can be deployed on VMware, AWS, Azure or Kubernetes and has compliance and security standards checks for AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes, VMware and Windows and Linux.
The platform also provides remediation script generation capabilities, so organizations can quickly address any issues that are identified. Additionally, Runecast can also help companies to track the auditing process, creating the required reports and providing relevant data to any authorities in case of an audit. This way, companies can be sure that they are compliant with the KVKK standards, and they can also have the necessary documents to prove it.
Runecast is at the forefront of Cloud Native Application Protection Platforms (CNAPPs) and proactively assists with Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM), Kubernetes Security Posture Management (KSPM), and Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC). In addition, it provides continuous audits against other common security standards such as: NIST, HIPAA, PCI DSS, DISA STIG, BSI IT-Grundschutz, ISO 27001, GDPR, Cyber Essentials (UK), Essential 8 (Australia), and the CISA KEVs catalog.
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