Keeping Data Secure In The Workplace

Data Privacy Day is all about ‘Empowering people and organisations to respect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust’.

Protecting your privacy can feel overwhelming and even just a few small steps can make a big impact. Things like:

  • Use end-to-end encrypted messaging apps. Use messaging apps that offer end-to-end encryption, such as WhatsApp

  • Turn on encryption on your devices. Some devices or services will offer encryption, but not set it as default. Make sure to turn on encryption.

  • Use strong passwords. Not just a default password or a simple password, or a password that uses personal information, such as your name or your pet’s name. If someone can figure out your password – they can access your data.

  • Keep up with updates. It is so important to keep up with updates to your applications, devices and services. The update could be fixing a vulnerability and keeping your data safe.

  • Use two-factor log-in (2FA) wherever possible. Two-factor log-in adds another factor (like with banking security) to your usual log-in process. For example, your username password and memorable data. Adding another factor makes it even harder for criminals to access your data.

  • Turn on erase-data options. Some smartphones and services have an option that will erase your data after 3 or 10 failed attempts. Turn this on to protect yourself from thieves or if you lose your phone.

How secure is data in your workplace?

Data that you hold within your business about employees, customers, finances - is all precious and all needs to be safely stored and kept secure. Not only because this data has a use to you, but because legislation enforces that you do.

One of our popular online training courses is ‘Introducing GDPR’ - here's a short video about it.

This course is designed for data processors and provides a clear introduction to the main elements of the GDPR, including compliance and the consequences of non-compliance.

It covers the main categories of personal data and the lawful basis for data processing. It also looks at the main principles of the GDPR and the rights for individuals, along with the importance of your privacy policy, data breaches, how to avoid them and what to do if one is discovered.

There are significant financial penalties for failing to protect data you hold - our online training is a convenient and cost effective way to keeping that knowledge up to date.

Follow this link and you can even try the first module of the course for free.

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