Experts say there is only one constant thing in the digital world: change. This description is accurate when it happens in data protection. Today there is a need for a different, more productive strategy to manage data in governmental and private bodies. But how is it possible to ensure compliance with the new data protection laws and protection against the growing risks in all organizations? What are the most practical steps for defending the data of all actors data? And how can we blend data protection in HR activities?
- How to protect your employee data
Hacking and data theft is growing concern in the business world. If your company stores, transmits or manages employees’ personal information, it’s essential to realize an effective security system. There are various approaches to ensuring that your employee data is shielded and that hackers can’t get into your system. Let’s see the basic ones you should do immediately:
– installing appropriate security measures and policies, including making sure that your antivirus and firewall are enabled and up to date
– installing the latest operating system updates
– using up-to-date encryption methods
– avoiding using old or unlicensed software
- How to protect the data of your business partners
Keeping your company’s data safe is essential for the success of your business, also in respect of the information you manage linked to your business partners and clients. The lack of preparation for many activities during the first few months of the pandemic left many of these external data vulnerable to malicious actors, causing economic damage and damage to the company’s image. Many of the preventative measures specified above are helpful to this aim. In addition, it is crucial to abide by privacy regulations such as the GDPR, which are binding in many jurisdictions and can prove to be a great help in data protection.
- How to protect the privacy of your employees when they are at home
Working from home has its pros and cons. One of the downsides is that, since employees are remote, they are more vulnerable to external threats. One way to protect them is to set up a VPN to encrypt their communications and only be accessible by you or your employees. When working from home is part of the company’s defined modes of operation, as in the case of a hybrid work model, the company should provide the hardware as well.
In conclusion, the steps suggested above as well as the guidelines coming from the new laws and regulations implemented worldwide to help with data protection are a reliable start. But there are still many challenges to face concerning the emerging risks coming from criminal attacks, including ransomware. In terms of HR data, there needs to be more of a focus on staff training, increased awareness, and the need for a greater emphasis on data security, due to the personal nature of the data to process.