Data Privacy Day – ‘Educating employees about cyber security’

Data Privacy Day – ‘Educating employees about cyber security’

Cyberspace has revolutionised how many of us live and work. The internet, with more than two billion users, is powering economic growth, increasing collaboration and innovation, and creating jobs.

Data Privacy Day is an annual holiday that occurs on January 28th.  Data Privacy Day is an extension of Data Protection Day and is an opportunity to raise awareness, promote privacy as well as highlighting best practices for data protection.

The aim of Data Privacy Day is to give everyone a chance to understand what personal data is collected, as well as being made aware of the risks associated with sharing information online. Therefore it is important to inform and educate employees on how to control and monitor their online presence.

Whilst at work, it is important we implement the same practices and measures towards ensuring systems aren’t vulnerable and prone to cyber-attacks as we would on our personal devices. It was reported last year that cyber-attacks cost global businesses over £200bn a year [1] and the UK government has classified cyber security as one of the four top threats to the UK.

Almost every business relies on the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its data. Protecting information, whether it is held electronically or by other means, should be at the heart of a business’s security planning.

Privacy is good for business; here are a few tips to protect and maintain your privacy online:

  • Ensure you always have effective and up-to-date antivirus/antispyware software running.
  • In a public or work environment, physically check your computer for any unusual devices that may be plugged in, especially on the keyboard cable.
  • Only use secure websites when shopping or banking online. 
  • Log out of secure websites when you have finished your transaction, as closing the window may not automatically log you out of the site.
  • Use complex passwords, changing them regularly and never revealing them to others.  
  • Shred unwanted personal or financial documents. 
  • Get in the habit of signing out of social networking sites when you have finished using them.
  • Clear your browser history and cache at least once a month.

Every day around the world thousands of IT systems are compromised. Some are attacked purely for the kudos of doing so, others for political motives, but most commonly they are attacked to steal money or commercial secrets. Are you confident that your cyber security governance regime minimises the risks of this happening to your business? – Click here to find out more.

References
http://workplaceinsight.net/cyber-attacks-cost-global-businesses-over-200bn-a-year/
** https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself/privacy/