Comply with PIPA and reduce your exposure to a data breach

One of the strictest data protection regimes in the world, South Korea’s Personal Information Protection Act is supported by sector-specific legislation related to IT and communications networks (the IT Network Act) and the use of credit information (the Use and Protection of Credit Information Act).

Entrust can help your organization comply with these rules through:

  • Data encryption and access control;
  • Security intelligence;
  • Application encryption.

    Regulation

    Regulation Summary

    Breach Notification: PIPA places many obligations on organizations in both the public and private sectors, including mandatory data breach notification to data subjects and other authorities including the Korean Communications Commission (KCC).

    Data Security: PIPA imposes a duty on information managers (i.e. data controllers) to take the "technical, administrative and physical measures necessary for security safety … to prevent personal information from loss, theft leakage, alteration or damage."

    Official Policy Statement: Organizations are required to establish an official statement of those security measures.

    Internal Privacy Officer: An internal privacy officer must be appointed (regardless of the size or nature of the organization) to oversee data processing activities. The internal privacy officer will be held accountable, and be subject to any criminal investigations following a breach.

    Encryption for PII

    Article 24(3) of PIPA places express restrictions on the management of unique identifying information, and requires information managers to take "necessary measures, … including encryption," in order to prevent loss, theft, leakage, alteration or damage. Similarly, Articles 25(6) and 29 require "necessary measures" to be implemented to ensure that personal information may not be lost, stolen, altered or damaged.

    Strict Enforcement

    South Korea also has a track record of enforcement of data protection laws. Chapter 9 of PIPA contains severe sanctions for data security breaches including substantial fines and imprisonment – up to 50 million won in fines and imprisonment of up to five years are potential consequences.

    Compliance

    Hardware Security Modules (HSMs)

    Entrust nShield [trademark symbol] HSMs provide a hardened, tamper-resistant environment for secure cryptographic processing, key generation and protection, encryption and more. Certified at FIPS 140-2 Levels 2 and 3, nShield HSMs support a variety of deployment scenarios. nShield Connect and Solo HSMs also provide a secure environment for running sensitive applications. The CodeSafe option lets you execute code within nShield boundaries, protecting your applications and the data they process.

    In addition nShield HSMs:

    • Generate and protect root and certificate authority (CA) keys, providing support for PKIs across a variety of use cases
    • Sign your application code so you can ensure that your software remains secure, unaltered and authentic
    • Create digital certificates for credentialing and authenticating proprietary electronic devices for IoT applications and other network deployments.

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