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Creating an IT Compliance Policy – The 7 Things you Need to Consider
Creating an IT Compliance Policy – The 7 Things you Need to Consider

Mitigating risks would be nearly impossible if you don't have any type of IT compliance policies for handling data or protecting it from external threats that might seek out personal information about customers who use online services, such as e-commerce websites. Even brick and mortar organisations use software to perform activities like accounting, reporting, back-office management, and so on.

The Myths Surrounding GDPR
The Myths Surrounding GDPR

Given the amount of information available, it is surprising that there is so much misunderstanding about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which will come into force in May 2018. In part this is down to sensational reporting of the more lurid parts of the regulation; the greatly increased fines available to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the increased reporting requirements placed on companies, the changes to lawful authority for data processing.  There is a lot to digest in the GDPR, and that for some organisations it will mean substantial changes to the way data is handled, processed and protected to ensure GDPR compliance. Let us walk you through some of the some of the more persistent GDPR myths and see if we cannot replace them with more useful GDPR facts…

The Steps you Need to Take Before May’s GDPR Changes
The Steps you Need to Take Before May’s GDPR Changes

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) isn’t to be confused with the DPRK or even the DDR, although businesses could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.  Press coverage has emphasised the greatly increased powers accorded to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the substantially increased fines for noncompliance.  Although this is true, they say little of the reality of this new legislation and what GDPR compliance entails. The GDPR will apply across the European Union (EU) from May this year and will continue to apply to any company conducting business with EU based clients and customers regardless of the ultimate shape of Brexit.

GDPR: Your Data Integrity and Confidentiality
GDPR: Your Data Integrity and Confidentiality

Here’s a thought; if you would like to have a little fun with the GDPR when you’re next asked in a store for your email address “for your receipt” enquire in turn whether they are now GDPR compliant and what exactly are their terms of consent.  We promise blank looks all round… Fun and the General Data Protection Regulation seldom go hand in hand.  Data security and GDPR compliance is a serious subject and ensuring your data integrity and confidentiality is at the core of the GDPR.  We wouldn’t advise any company to assume that their current IT security provision necessarily meets the demands of the GDPR.

How To Respond To A Subject Access Request (SAR)
How To Respond To A Subject Access Request (SAR)
Operational Impact of the GDPR
Operational Impact of the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes effective on the 25th of May 2018.  It represents a major shift in the way data is treated; it is significant that in the midst of their current troubles Facebook are now suggesting that it is the gold standard to which their global operations should adhere.  There is much in this, just as there is much in the GDPR which we, as individuals, should applaud.  That said, many organisations will face considerable upheaval in order to meet its requirements.

Taking GDPR Compliance Seriously
Taking GDPR Compliance Seriously
Consent & GDPR – What Are you Agreeing to?
Consent & GDPR – What Are you Agreeing to?

If you lead any kind of online life you will have probably been inundated with emails imploring you to confirm and continue your various subscriptions.  The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has had the unexpected benefit of allowing all of us to finally dispose of some of those deeply irritating messages that clog up our inbox, and for that many of us are probably grateful.

Pseudonymisation
Pseudonymisation

Pseudonymisation is literally a mouthful, a portmanteau derived from pseudo and anonymisation.  Apart from being a pronunciation challenge, it is a concept that appears repeatedly within the GDPR and it is important to any organisation that will be processing data beyond the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018.  It offers significant benefits to any organisation engaged in data processing, one key reason for its deployment is the ability to process data beyond the limits stated at the time of its collection. 

Why you Should Invest in IT Security Awareness Training
Why you Should Invest in IT Security Awareness Training

Any business is only as secure as its weakest link. These days, hackers and other cyber criminals will use a variety of methods to try and get access to a company’s servers, targeting the weaker points of a security system. These weaker points are commonly associated with your employees who are often the easiest way around your network’s defences

How to Back up your Business Data – 7 Strategies you Need
How to Back up your Business Data – 7 Strategies you Need

We all know that backing up our files is important, but unless you happen to work in IT, chances are you don’t really know what the best ways to do this are. Today, we’re covering what problems you might face if you don’t back up your business’ files, some best practices for keeping your files safe and staying GDPR compliant and the best solutions for storing your backup data. So, if you’d like to learn more about ways to safeguard the future of your business through IT security, read on.