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Consider your data security

Author Image Nick Hunt Technical Manager, Specialist Business Support
1 minute read
Last updated on 23rd May 2018

Overview

You’ll need to take a risk based approach when considering the appropriate level of security for the personal data you process, including its use, storage and transfer.

Consider your data security

You’ll need to take a risk based approach when considering the appropriate level of security for the personal data you process, including its use, storage and transfer. It’s not about numbers of individual subjects, or amounts of data. It’s more about how the data is used, day to day, and the sensitivity of the data you process. You wouldn’t intentionally misuse personal data, but poor controls may lead to a breach of the rules.

What to consider:

  • How data is processed, stored and transferred and where the biggest risks exist

  • Do your staff understand how to avoid data loss? This is commonly caused through human mistakes

  • Are your data security methods sufficiently robust and up to date, especially online

  • Consider the costs of your security – you may need to invest more than you think.

Here’s some suggestions of how to limit data loss:

  • Upgrading your physical security

  • Bringing your fire walls up to date

  • Encryption of data and have a policy on this

  • Ensuring you have adequate  support to remotely remove, access or recover data

  • Anonymising data 

  • Regularly testing your security and possibly have an independent assessment

     

Rarely is security full proof, but you may need to demonstrate to the regulator (ICO) that you’ve taken all reasonable steps based on the level of risk. 

Labelled Under:
Government Regulation GDPR

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