Data Protection – Controlling your risk and vulnerabilities

Digital technology is now part of everyday life. People and businesses use websites, social media, cloud services and a number of devices, all increasing the complexity when it comes to managing data and protecting it. A data breach risk can send security concerns to the people you work with, negatively impacting your business, your reputation and your chances to win future work.

Customers place their trust in organisations when it comes to their data. Is that trust protected by rigorous checks in your business?

Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May 2018, the Information Commissioner's Office has issued penalties for breaches of GDPR and going forward, they’ll be focusing not only on how you safeguard against data theft but whether you respond appropriately to data breaches. So, if you process personal data, you need to make sure that you’re compliant and the data you collect is secure.

Why do these risks matter?

Whether you’re a large business, a small one, just a staff member, or a freelancer, you’re not exempt from the GDPR – yet half of small businesses are failing GDPR compliance according to the GDPR Small Business Survey.

National Cyber Security Alliance suggests that 60% of small and mid-sized businesses that are hacked go out of business within six months.

A London-based pharmacy was fined £275,000 because they left 500,000 documents unsafe with easily accessible containers without a lock.