DPA training supports organisations’ business objectives

21/06/2011

Ely, England, 21 June 2011 –  IT Governance Ltd, the global leader in DPA Compliance information, standards, books, tools and training, has reported, that due to the alarming number of data breaches in the past three months, there is an acute need for delivering high level training to professionals who need to be up-to-date with the current legal Data Protection Act (DPA) compliance as part of their job. The company is now taking bookings on its one-day DPA Foundation course on 15th July in London.

Recently in the meida, there have been too many cases of data loss, both in the public and private sectors, to go unnoticed. Surrey County Council has already set a bad example by violating the Data Protection Act (DPA) and was fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO (the UK’s regulatory body for the DPA) has now been granted extra powers and sanctions - including the power to levy fines of up to £500k. If nothing else, this should act as a warning to every organisation handling personal data that it needs to implement the necessary policies and minimise the risk of a breach of the DPA.

Inevitably, when personal data is processed and stored, staff are involved. One of the key aspects to be considered when ensuring that an organisation meets the requirements of the DPA, is whether its staff are aware of the DPA principles and if they can apply them in practice.

Staff training is an essential measure against data breaches for every organisation that handles personal data. The one-day DPA Foundation course by IT Governance combines a mixture of theory and group workshop sessions to examine the DPA legislation. It also explores methods of complying with the DPA whilst supporting business objectives. Delegates who take the course will be able to review and understand the current processes of handling personal data and ensure that these processes are in line with the latest Data Protection Act compliance requirements. The workshop discussions and planned exercises during the course will help delegates to apply what they have learnt in their own work environments.

Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance says, “ This course is the most comprehensive course currently available on the market which enables delegates to get to grips with the key concepts, obligations and rights granted by Data Protection law, including the latest revisions to UK Data Protection legislation. From the Information Assurance Managers, the Data Protection Governance Managers, the Business Managers through to HR professionals and IT staff – everyone will benefit immensely form the course. Most of all, staff who have been on the course will add value to their organisation and its customers providing a certain level of reassurance that personal data is responsibly taken care of.”

Organisations can book delegates onto this course online here http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/2957 . Course places can also be booked directly with the friendly, helpful IT Governance service centre team on telephone number +44 (0)845 070 1750. Larger organisations can make bookings or purchases with a purchase order either by telephone or by e-mail to servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk. We also welcome overseas delegates on all our courses and can provide guidance on travel and hotel arrangements.

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