March 25, 2020
The emergence and spread of COVID-19 has sparked alarm across the world, with countries reacting to prevent its continued spread by encouraging proper hygiene habits, discouraging large gatherings, and adopting alternative greeting methods instead of hand-shaking, even during business meetings. Businesses have also been advised to consider splitting teams up and adopting work-from-home initiatives to minimise risk of infection.
While working from home may be a viable solution during this period, it also carries its own set of data security risks. Employees may not have had sufficient training on how to safeguard data in a home working environment which can lead to unsafe data management practices that may expose both the individual and business to potential breaches, causing reputational damage in the long run.
It is vital for businesses to have established frameworks in place to safeguard data protection, as well as proper staff training. When in doubt, employees should also seek guidance from the appointed Data Protection Officer in their organisation.
Shred-it has put together seven tips to guide employees on how to tackle the ever-present risk of data vulnerability that arise from remote working:
Data mongers are always on the hunt for opportunities to steal data. Not taking steps to secure and dispose of physical data in a proper manner increases the risk of a data breach. These breaches result in heavy financial penalties under the law, reputational damage and ultimately loss of customer trust.
Securing data remains an essential part of business continuity even outside of the office, as security threats both online and offline are ever-present. Employees and businesses therefore should factor in data protection measures when implementing work-from-home policies.
Learn more about how Shred-it can assist you to properly dispose of physical media in a safe and secure manner here, or by contacting us.
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