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Data privacy assessment and advisory

The technology landscape advances as quickly as the regulatory landscape – let us help you reflect upon your current position and define the next moves in your compliance journey.

Our legally trained, tech savvy team will provide you with an independent assessment of the maturity of your compliance position relating to data privacy. Visually identifying where improvement is required and where Microsoft technology can help create a catalyst for change.

Our Advisory

We run a series of workshop sessions where we assess your current compliance stance against real-world business scenarios surrounding data protection themes.

The process is interactive, informative and encourages discussion between departments to facilitate collaboration.  As well as gathering information for the final report, each workshop session is an opportunity for asking questions and receiving advice on regulatory requirements, best practices and Microsoft capability.


You’ll leave with a final report with a visual score to indicate the level of maturity of controls. We identify gaps and areas for improvement giving a line in the sand for you to start initiating change.

A roadmap for onward progression serves as our practical recommendation on how you can mature your compliance stance and gain more value from your Microsoft investment.

Data protection themes


 Locating personal data, defining sensitivity categories, labelling content.


 Obtaining consent, data loss prevention, data subject access requests, identifying automated decision-making.


De-identification, encryption, protecting availability, detecting data breaches, testing security controls.


Records of processing activities, flagging new requirements.

Find out more about our Data Privacy Assessment and Advisory

Meet the team

Kelly Chalom
Head of Legal and Compliance

Kelly leads the Compliance Advisory practice at Cloud Essentials and brings a unique perspective as both an experienced attorney and technology specialist.

As a qualified attorney, Kelly spent seven years working in Personal Injury law before joining KPMG in their Forensic division where she focused on compliance-based investigations. Kelly has always been tech-savvy and so after six years at KPMG she moved to Cloud Essentials to combine this passion for technology with her extensive legal training and compliance expertise. She enjoys helping clients use technology to meet their compliance requirements, in terms of laws such as POPIA and GDPR and facilitating necessary conversations between clients’ compliance and IT functions.

Leanna Janse van Rensburg
Data Privacy Compliance Advisor

An experienced compliance professional with a systematic, pragmatic approach to addressing and resolving clients’ challenges.

Leanna brings a wealth of experience in compliance, having worked for ten years in compliance within the environmental science and renewable energy industry. In this highly ISO regulated industry, she developed an excellent ability to develop and implement compliance frameworks. She has an eye for detail and loves to research, but she never loses sight of the bigger picture. Leanna brings this insight to the design and delivery of Cloud Essentials’ workshops and compliance advisory services.

Find out some more about our workshops by watching this video.

Kelly Chalom, Head of Legal and Compliance at Cloud Essentials, explains about the workshops on offer as part of our compliance advisory services.

What our clients are saying about the workshops

"The Cloud Essentials team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Microsoft realm which has added massive value to our business."

Insurance company

Head of IT

"We found the data privacy workshop informative and effective. It was extremely valuable and provided actionable insights into our compliance journey."

Compliance client

Privacy Officer