It is the organisations responsibility to demonstrate lawfully the processing of personal information, only holding what is necessary and is securely stored.
Privacy policies on various websites are written to inform the visitors on how organisations websites intend to protect their users privacy often, users are concerned about entering in their personal information on websites because of the fear that their private information is going to be given to third parties, or even worse, that the website is not going to protect additional personal information such as payment details which can result in exposure to identity theft.
As the world continue to adapt to the outbreak of Covid-19, whilst individual safety is at the top of the countries priorities, working remotely has become something of the norm. Business owners and employees must be aware of the safety of their data during this crisis.
Home-working employees may have security software installed at a device level, however organisations encouraging employees to work from home should provide device encryption and firewalls or check other devices being used are meeting the security requirements.
Organisations should have an IT policy, as part of this policy employees should also ensure any required updates are preformed regularly.
Ensure measures are in place to monitor the security of a network (or maybe require sourcing a additional software) this will help to identify any potential threats. Keeping network security to a maximum will help to continue to keep cybercriminals out.
Working from home is a very different setup to the office environment, family members, flatmates and even pets can pose a data security risk that may not have been considered, therefore, any phone calls or online team meetings should be kept confidential and not overheard particularly if the work being discussed is business-critical or sensitive. Ensure the user is the only one who can see the screen and if for any reason it is necessary to take personal data home, this should be stored in a lockable storage unit. Do not leave any paperwork in a vehicle or lying around in the home, it must be locked away securely at all times.
WHO IS E & L CONSULTANCY GROUP
Long term – our goal is to provide an audit, a data breach risk assessment and more to identify data security difficulties. Our team will work with you to find the right balance between your business objectives, legal obligations and IT support.