- The risk to your organisation – the Information Commissioner reports that mistakes and oversights by staff continue to be a major cause of data breaches.
- Raising staff awareness is your best defence – the Data Security range includes online training and reference booklets designed to make your staff aware of the steps they must take to keep your firm’s data safe.
How do you protect your firm?
Treat your data as a valuable asset
Your organisation must have policies and procedures to protect and secure personal information, and your staff must understand the importance of adherence to these as they handle personal data in any format.
Make your employees aware of the risks
If a data breach occurs, the inevitable question will be: “What were you doing to guard against it?” The Data Security range enables you to demonstrate meeting ongoing obligations to raise staff awareness and understanding of key principles.
A UK GDPR compliant e-learning programme for staff – with automatic training records, competence testing, and monitoring tools for managers; the Training on Record online course offers a convenient and cost-effective way to reinforce staff awareness and reduce the risks to your firm.
The latest UK GDPR updates for all employees – a concise guide to the enduring principles and latest changes to the UK Data Protection framework, with a checklist 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 data breach can lead to disruptive enforcement action, damaging loss of reputation, and even prosecution.
What must you do?
Have procedures in place to comply with changing Data Protection laws, and provide appropriate training to staff.
The UK GDPR and Data Protection Act, as amended by the Data Protection and Digital Information Act, form the UK legal framework:
The law requires you to make your staff aware of their legal obligations when handling people’s personal data, making it 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 severe. The Information Commission has the power to apply fines of up to £17.5 million for organisations that fail to meet their obligations.
Compliance Training Products offer resources designed to make all employees aware of their personal responsibilities – Data Protection Booklets are a physical reminder to staff of key requirements and the widely trusted Training on Record online learning programme automatically generates records of your staff training.