GDPR comes into force in May 2018 – prepare your staff now
- 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’ve made your employees aware of the risks and their personal obligations.
A complete e-learning programme – with automatically generated training records, competence assessments, and useful monitoring tools; 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 information security and the Data Protection Act, 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.
In 2018 a new Data Protection Act will bring in the EU General Data Protection Regulation, updating UK legislation for the digital age:
Due to come into force by May 2018, this latest update to UK Data Protection law will have a significant impact for all organisations that handle personal information – requiring a thorough review of policies and procedures.
Most importantly, the new legislation will give greater powers of enforcement to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), enabling them to apply much harsher penalties for an organisation that fails to meet its legal obligations.
Under new laws, a breach can lead to fines of up to £17m – it’s now more important than ever to give your staff effective training, and to document the training you’re providing.
Compliance Training Products offer a choice of resources designed to make all employees aware of their personal obligations – 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 .