Are your staff GDPR trained? Find out what you need to do

Staff awareness training is a core component of GDPR compliance, yet many organisations haven’t implemented the necessary measures.

For all the attention that organisations pay to information security, the biggest threat continues to come from employees. Verizon estimates than one in four data breaches are caused by insiders. That’s hardly a surprise, given how few resources organisations dedicate to educating their staff on how to handle sensitive information.

Staff awareness training is one of the simplest and most effective ways of preventing a host of threats – whether phishing scams, negligence or malicious insiders. Breaches tend to happen because employees aren’t aware of the risks associated with handling personal data. Explaining those risks helps staff become more cautious and less likely to make basic mistakes.

Another benefit of staff training is that it demonstrates that the organisation takes information security seriously, making malicious insiders think twice before stealing data or sabotaging the organisation’s systems.

Staff training under the GDPR

It’s for these reasons that the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requires organisations to conduct regular training courses. These should cover the GDPR’s requirements, as well as things that are specific to your organisation, such as policies, processes and points of contact. Read our 7 tips for GDPR staff awareness training to find out more.

Staff awareness training has traditionally been a problem for smaller organisations, because it’s expensive and disruptive, with work grinding to a halt as employees are sent off to a classroom. However, online courses, such as our GDPR Staff Awareness E-learning Course, mean this is no longer a problem.

This course gives employees the opportunity to learn everything they need to know about the Regulation at a time and place that suits them. All you need to do is email the course link to your staff and give them a deadline to complete the session. Because it’s delivered online, staff can repeat the course if they have a query and the content can be delivered year-after-year, and whenever new employees arrive.

Staff awareness training can be used to teach staff about a variety of topics. Whatever threats you’re wary of, or whatever regulations or best practices you need to comply with, IT Governance has you covered. Take a look at our range of staff awareness training solutions >>

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