Data Privacy Day was on 28 January and promoted the importance of protecting personal information. With rules changing and new legislation due to take effect in May this year, now is a crucial time to get yourself up to date with all the new procedures and processes that come with GDPR. Data related crimes are on the increase and with‑over 11.9 billion data records compromised in the first half of 2017, you need to protect yourself against your data being stolen and misused.
What does the new legislation do? It gives individuals more rights to see any data relating to themselves and gives them more power over what companies can and can’t do with their personal information. Breaches and non-compliance will attract tougher fines and penalties. With over 250 million data breaches caused by employees in November 2017 alone and 390% of large organisations and 74% of small businesses experiencing recent security breaches, this is a serious and global problem.
It is crucial for organisations to understand and comply with the new legislation related to handling personal data. Over one-third of companies experienced a 20% decrease in revenue due to data breaches in 2016, as well as engendering negative impact on reputation and customer relations.
Appropriate training is vital to increase staff awareness and reduce the risk of data related problems and 472% of large and 63% of small organisations provide on-going security awareness training. Walkgrove is launching a suite of brand new Ready to Go e-learning courses soon covering Information Governance. Titles include Preparing for GDPR, Preventing a data breach, GDPR privacy impact assessment and Keeping information secure (UK and Global).
Make sure your organisation is up to date and your employees are aware and armed with the right knowledge to be compliant. Contact us now for more details.