Why You Need Cyber Security Training For GDPR Compliance

Why You Need Cyber Security Training For GDPR Compliance
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Summary: In the rush to ensure compliance with the finer points of the new GDPR legislation, some organizations overlook the basic requirements for cyber security training to ensure data is handled properly.

Cyber Security Training For GDPR Compliance: Data Protection Is Changing And Soon!

What is GDPR? In May of this year, a new European privacy regulation called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) will be enforced and will permanently change the way organizations across the European Union collect, store, and process data. GDPR will go live before Brexit, and will remain relevant after Brexit, to organizations that process data belonging to EU citizens.

The basic objective of the GDPR is to implement a stronger European data standard, improving data security and privacy rules among organizations, and reflect the technology-driven world we are living in. Retails giants like Amazon, social media companies such as Google and Facebook, and banking organizations all collect personal data. But GDPR doesn’t just affect big companies; it affects any company that collects personally identifiable information. This includes names, addresses, credit card numbers, IP addresses, and medical information. If you need to educate your employees on GDPR, EssentialSkillz offer a specific GDPR eLearning Course.

Do You Know What Happens To The Personal Information Your Company Collects And How Can You Be Sure It Is Safe?

GDPR aims to ensure that personal data is collected legally and under rigid guidelines. Also, organizations that obtain personal information are obliged to secure it from corruption and misuse and honor the rights of the owner.

Under GDPR, the consumer has the right to know when their data is breached. Also, consumers will have easier access to their personal information, can request the “right to be forgotten”, edit, and restrict their data usage.

These changes are significant for business organizations and so are the consequences of non-compliance. Your company can face fines of up to 4% of annual global revenue or 20 million Euros, whichever is greater, not to mention reputational damage and downtime.

Data breaches are inevitable, whether they occur through an ignorant act of an employee, a partner or third party, or an attacker with malicious intent. Regardless of who is at fault, under GDPR regulations, your organization is responsible.

How Can You Minimize The Risk Of Data Breaches And Comply With GDPR?

The answer is a simple one. Cyber security training is your first and most important line of protection. A well-educated workforce is critical to establish and maintain a security policy.

Bearing in mind it can take just one employee to breach data security, training should be multi-layered, including everyone from the boardroom to the shop floor. It should be a regular and ongoing cycle of improvement. Your employees need to understand that everyone has a part to play.

Staff training can ensure that your employees work correctly to reduce security risks, recognize suspicious emails and different types of cybercrime, and understand the importance of virus software. It is also essential to receive confirmation that your staff have performed and understood the training.

The EssentialSkillz Cyber Security eLearning Course has been designed to explain the importance of being diligent with digital information and also discusses the necessary steps we can all take to reduce the risk of cyber crime.

Different types of cyber crime are explained in the course. These include Viruses, Worms, Adware, Spyware, and Trojans. Being aware of Social Engineering and the tactics criminals use to trick users into providing access to accounts or personal information will help employees understand that basic safety checks, safe use of the web and mobile phones are fundamental in staying safe online. Users will understand the importance of virus checks, secure passwords, user accounts, and browser safety. Additionally, the safe use of devices in public areas is also discussed.

As with all EssentialSkillz eLearning courses, this Cyber Security eLearning Course can be customized to be in line with your cyber security policy. A designated course administrator can use our integrated authoring tool to edit the text and images within the course and link to your organization’s specific documentation, all at no extra cost.

Making data security an integral part of your business culture will help in preparation for the 25th May 2018 deadline.

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