ITAD Security and the Data Protection Act
Over the last few years there have been a few severe instances of businesses facing severe criticism and damaging PR in the face of their failure to adequately protect data, often belonging to the public. High profile organisational errors such as these take their toll on financial resources with inevitable demand for review and reform and the consequential impact on trust and reputation can halt progress whilst failings are investigated and remedied.
Prevention is, always, better than cure. Yet with some big names, both public and private having come under scrutiny for their practices in relation to data security, companies big and small can learn a few lessons from the mistakes of others. Here are a few top pieces of advice that are easy to implement.
1. Hold Regular IT, Data and ITAD Security Reviews
The Information Commissioners Office (ICO), the UK independent advisory authority on data protection advises regular review of your data protection processes. This includes many areas and is dictated by the data you hold, who can access it, who your suppliers are, what equipment you use and how you manage it. Scheduling audits is an excellent way to identify potential issues early on and minimizes the chances of change in business having a negative impact.
2. Update and Date Your Policies
Any serious business has a set of policies covering a range of operational areas. Data policy is our primary concern in this instance. By giving your policies a date, it can just be that small prompt you need to check you are up to date. It also shows your suppliers you regularly review and amend your company procedures.
3. Have Some Standards
Working towards an accreditation is a great way to show commitment, however if you aren’t seeking formal accreditation, you can still use industry accepted standards as a benchmark. Refer to advisory literature in order to understand what is required to meet the criteria and apply it to your own company.
4. Don’t Go It Alone
Get backup when you are working towards improving your security. Getting a couple of influential colleagues on board to help you reach your objectives is a great start. Be sure to plan carefully, document changes and keep measurement of any incidents. Having the right processes in place is crucial, a skilled team of internal and external experts who understand the market you operate in and the risks that come with handling data and equipment will be invaluable.
Be thorough, keep your business and its data safe. Regular review and improvement are the best defences you have. For more advice, contact us or visit our blog each month.
By Blog Admin
15 October 2015
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