- The risk to your organisation – the Information Commissioner reports that two thirds of data breaches are down to mistakes and oversights by staff.
- Staff awareness is your best defence – the Data Security range offers a choice of online training and handy reference booklets designed to make your staff aware of the part they have to play in keeping your firm’s data safe.
How can you protect your firm?
Treat your data as a valuable asset
Your organisation must have policies and procedures for handling client’s personal information securely in all formats, but that’s only any help if your staff understand the importance of following those procedures.
Make your employees aware of the risks
If a data breach should occur, the question inevitably arises: “What were you doing to guard against it?” The Data Security range enables you to show you are meeting your firm’s obligations to raise staff awareness.
A complete e-learning programme for staff – with competence test, automatic training records, and useful monitoring tools for managers; the Training on Record online course offers a convenient and cost-effective way to enhance awareness and reduce the risks to your firm.
The essential reference guide for individual employees – a concise and cost-effective guide to data protection and information security, with a check list for staff to sign and date confirming they understand their continuing personal obligations. Available in packs of 20.
Data Protection laws at a glance
What is 'personal data'
Any information you hold about a living person – even just their name and address – counts as ‘personal data’.
What are the risks?
A breach can lead to prosecutions, heavy fines, regulatory interventions, litigation and damaging publicity.
What must you do?
Have procedures in place to comply with Data Protection laws, and provide appropriate training to staff.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, accompanied by a new Data Protection Act:
The law requires you to make your staff aware of their legal obligations when handling people’s personal data, so it’s more important than ever to provide effective training, and to maintain accurate records of the training provided.
Should a data breach occur, the penalties can be very severe. The Information Commissioner’s Office has the power to apply fines of up to £17m for organisations that fail to meet their obligations.
Compliance Training Products offer a choice of resources designed to make all employees aware of their personal responsibilities – including Data Protection Booklets for individual staff members, and the widely trusted Training on Record online learning programme which automatically generates records of your staff training.