July 06, 2018

TCS recognised as a leader in GDPR services by NelsonHall

Tata Consultancy Services’ extensive knowledge of customers’ systems, ownership of IP in the compliance area, and strong managed security services offering seen as key strengths

LONDON | MUMBAI: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, has been positioned as a Leader in NelsonHall's NEAT evaluation for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Services .

The report lists as TCS strengths, its extensive knowledge of customers' IT systems, allowing for faster implementation; the wave-based approach to remediation which prioritises the most vulnerable processes; TCS' ownership of tools like MasterCraft Dataplus for data governance, cleansing and masking, and Crystal Ball for consent management; and a strong managed security services practice for ongoing compliance and security operations, along with investments in machine learning for security with the ignio™ platform.

"With growing concerns around the handling of personal data, we will only see more legislative interventions such as GDPR in the near future, forcing enterprises to prioritise spending on data privacy and security," said Satish Thiagarajan, global head, cyber security practice, TCS. "This leadership ranking is a validation of our foresight, early investments in building intellectual property and capabilities, and the value delivered to our customers."

TCS offers a full suite of services related to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):

  • Consulting services: GDPR readiness assessments, privacy risk and impact assessments, data privacy policies and process consulting, data classification and retention policy definition, privacy policies and processes, privacy awareness and training and third-party privacy assessments
  • Professional services: e-discovery of personal data, classification of structured and unstructured data, enforcement and implementation of policies, implementation of technologies to aid in compliance such as data masking, encryption, DLP, IAM and implementation of security monitoring technologies
  • Managed services: Privacy by design and default, Incident monitoring and reporting, access governance, tools support and periodic audits.

In addition to the deep domain expertise around data security and privacy, TCS' key differentiator has been the intellectual property it has built in this area, which helps reduce the time to market for GDPR implementations, while delivering superior outcomes. Some of the proprietary tools and platforms supporting TCS' GDPR services include: GDPR Readiness Assessment Toolkit, Crystal Ball, MasterCraft DataPlus, Data Masker, GRC portal and the Security community portal.

TCS' MasterCraft DataPlus provides data provisioning, privacy, quality, and governance management including data profiling, cleansing, deduplication, and data masking. Crystal Ball is a platform for capturing and enforcing customers' privacy requirements.

Mike Smart, Senior IT Services Analyst with NelsonHall, said: "TCS' GDPR services are backed by its wave-based approach to remediation, targeting the highest risk systems to improve client compliance. TCS' knowledge of the regulation, of their clients' current IT systems, and its toolkits allow it to put in place highly detailed remediation plans for GDPR compliance."

"Our deep domain expertise in the areas of data privacy, security and compliance, our technology strengths, investments in intellectual property and a risk-weighted methodology have helped our customers secure their data quickly and comprehensively, and achieve GDPR compliance," added Mr Thiagarajan.