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DPA e-learning staff awareness course more beneficial than disciplinary action


Ely, England, 21 May 2012IT Governance Ltd, the DPA and information security specialist provider is advising organisations that staff awareness training is crucial for reducing the likelihood of data breaches caused by human mistake. The DPA Staff Awareness eLearning course is the most efficient and effective way of informing employees of the Data Protection Act (DPA) requirements and ensuring they meet their obligations under the DPA.

Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance says, ‘Public departments should be urgently deploying DPA e-learning as the most cost effective method available for enabling staff to meet their DPA obligations. Using e-learning across the organisation, equips staff to deal with the range of DPA-related issues they encounter, and significantly reduces the administrative cost of disciplinary actions, while simultaneously helping improve staff morale.’

Last week, The Independent revealed that members of staff at the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) are being reprimanded for breach of the rules governing the organisation’s database. It has been reported that, between April 2010 and March 2011, a total of 513 DWP staff members were disciplined for “unauthorised disclosure of official, sensitive, private and/or personal information … to anyone”. For the 10 months from April 2011 to this January, the figure was 463.

‘Disciplinary action is hugely expensive and disruptive’ adds Calder. ‘There are more sophisticated means to deal with uninformed staff and mistakes. Increasing staff awareness and refreshing the staff knowledge is fundamental to reduce the amount of human mistakes and can be successfully achieved with a continuous and repetitive e-learning programme tailored to the organisation.’

The DPA Staff Awareness eLearning course can be customised to integrate the organisation’s internal policies. It will help organisations provide staff with the knowhow to keep personal data safe.

Some of the benefits for organisations from deploying the DPA Staff Awareness eLearning course include:

· Massive financial cost savings in comparison to traditional training options.

· Minimal office disruption – staff train at their desks.

· Minimal administration – comprehensive reports available.

· Systematic evidence that training has actually been provided – underpinning disciplinary actions.

· Simple to use with relevant and informative content.

Call +44(0)845 070 1750 or email servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk to enquire about multiuser licences and customisable versions.

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