Consulting firm Protiviti launches 'privacy as a service' offering

21 October 2020 2 min. read
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Protiviti, a Menlo, CA-based global consulting firm, has launched Protiviti PraaS – a managed service privacy offering that helps companies assess their privacy needs, implement compliance programs, and respond to regulatory changes.

As consumer data has proliferated through the rise of digitalization, e-commerce, and social media, governments have begun addressing the issue with enhanced data privacy laws such as the EU’s GDPR and California’s CCPA.

At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitalization journey – pushing forward remote work, telehealth, and virtual learning programs that require a heightened focus on data privacy and security.

Addressing a firm’s data privacy challenges and initiatives requires digital talent that is either difficult to source, or too costly to obtain for smaller and mid-sized companies – especially in this economy. As such, organizations might opt for an outsourced, privacy-as-a-service (PraaS) offering.

Consulting firm Protiviti launches 'privacy as a service' offering

Protiviti, the consulting arm of staffing giant Robert Half, has launched its own Praas offering in this favorable climate.

“Companies, especially small and mid-sized organizations, are struggling to find the right talent to achieve and maintain compliance,” said Terry Jost, a Protiviti managing director and leader of the firm's managed security services. “Protiviti PraaS service was born out of client demands for a cost-effective, sustainable privacy solution for businesses that lack the budget and capabilities for a full in-house privacy team.”

The PraaS offering will allow companies to focus on their core operations by automating privacy-related functions and providing support and expertise on corporate data management. The offering will help clients build and maintain accurate data records, manage privacy via the leading OneTrust privacy technology platform, and ensure ongoing compliance by monitoring privacy legislation.

“In the current environment where employees are working remotely all over the world, it's more important than ever that businesses have comprehensive policies, controls, and assessments in place and that privacy concerns aren't pushed to the backburner," said Curt Dalton, managing director and global leader of Protiviti's security and privacy practice.

Protiviti provides a wide range of management and technology services and solutions, with approximately 4,000 employees across 85 offices in 25+ countries.

The firm earlier this year unveiled a new business resilience tool to help organizations build operational and financial resiliency in response to Covid-19 disruptions.