The last twelve months have proved to be extremely turbulent for businesses due to the COVID pandemic. At the beginning of 2020, UK companies were beginning to get to grips with GDPR legislation and what it meant to their business in terms of how they should evaluate in-house data operations and then BANG! ‘Remote home working’ forced business owners and their employees to handle data far more independently, away from their office environment and left staff vulnerable in how to apply the correct protocol when accessing company data from home.

According to a recent survey Apricon, “35% of IT decision makers admitted that their remote workers have knowingly put corporate data at risk”.

Hackers have poised for any opportunity and sadly there have been data casualties in the process. During the months following, businesses have sought to pull in the reins and ensure that employees are offered further training and support in how to administer data responsibly and to raise awareness in how data can be accessed legally in light of GDPR control.

GDPR control needs to cover many factors around protecting data

If remote home working is to become the new ‘norm’ then companies need to go much further in carrying out their GDPR control by assessing where vulnerabilities lie within systems. Keeping a GDPR control record for each member of staff, their level of GDPR training, what digital equipment they use and how they access / use data could help to determine where extra assistance is needed to bring businesses back in line and under GDPR control.

Do you handle customer data within your company? If this is the case, then adopting a GDPR data protection insurance policy, can help your business to maintain a good standard of data handling practice and minimise the effect of a data breach. To find out more, please contact us at Crendon Insurance.

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