28 Jan

Are your employees ready for GDPR?

The time is here to educate your employees to think about data differently.

In a little over three months’ time, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force throughout every EU Member State. As someone who owns a small, medium, or large business that is located within the EU, or even just handles the data of EU citizens, you need to make sure that you are compliant. Failure to do so will result in more than just a slap on the wrist- the fines associated with non-compliance are large enough to have a significant impact on your business and operations.

But it is not just you as a business owner that needs to be fully up to date with the GDPR requirements, you need to make sure that your employees are aware exactly how it will affect their work on a day to day basis. It is all very well and good making sure that your policies and processes are satisfactorily up to date, but if your staff are not aware of their new obligations, then you could easily find yourself in breach of the law.

Get your team trained

Whilst we recommend that you take steps to inform your staff about the upcoming changes through newsletters and meetings, to get them fully prepared, you need to think about investing in some training. Getting a professional in to explain all the details, contextualize it for your industry, and leave no stone uncovered, is the key to a smooth transition and successful implementation of the GDPR. Whilst you might be hesitant to pay for regulatory training, it is worth remembering that the penalties for breaches can run into millions, or percentages of your total annual turnover. When it comes to data protection, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Take it seriously

Data protection is no laughing matter, but it is not just the authorities that don’t take kindly to breaches of people’s personal information. As a company, your reputation is everything, and should a leak be traced back to you, your clients will lose all trust in you and your abilities. These new regulations are not optional and enforcing them will not only keep you out of trouble, but it will show your clients that you are totally committed to safeguarding them, and their personal data.

Understand what personal data is

You might think that personal data is not something that you deal with in your company, or your day to day duties, but you would be wrong. Personal data can be anything from contact details, payment details, addresses, records, or notes pertaining to a client or individual that has used your services. This information should be treated with the utmost confidence at all times and you need to be aware that its value to nefarious third parties, is a huge incentive to hackers and people looking to commit fraud. Almost every type of business interacts with client’s personal data at some point, and from May 25th– knowing how to handle it has become a whole lot more important.

Holistic Technologies are ready for the implementation of the GDPR and can help you, and your employees make sure that you are ready as well. We are offering three courses that will provide your team with the information that they need to ensure they are compliant always. From a GDPR Awareness course, to a GDPR Foundation course, and a course tailored to the needs of your companies Data Protection Officer, we have it covered.