How to make your employees aware of the importance of secure information processing

Some organisations are already GDPR compliant, others still have work to do to meet the legal requirements. To achieve this, a set of technical and organisational measures is required. There are many step-by-step plans on the Internet to help you with these measures. It is even more important yet to raise the awareness among your organisation’s employees. This is very important, since 46% of all data breaches occurs because employees do not handle sensitive data consciously. How do you make sure this will change within your organisation?

1. Organisational measures

As a CISO, you record a lot in order to be accountable, in compliance with privacy legislation. You have to give evidence you have arranged certain issues. For instance, drawing up processor agreements with suppliers, a protocol for reporting data breaches, or a privacy impact assessment when making use of certain tools and software. You can arrange many issues independently as a CISO. However, the introduction of new policies, such as for reporting data breaches, affects other parts of the organisation as well. The organisation should first understand why you take these measures, and what is expected from its employees.

2. Technical measures

Technical measures are necessary to organise the protection of personal data. Think of the encryption of data, two factor authentication, or regulating access by using entry passes. Sometimes the existing solutions are not sufficiently fitting, so you obtain new solutions. The key factor in the application of technical measures are the users: your organisation’s employees. If they do not make use of the technical solution, your organisation still does not comply with the privacy legislation.

3. Awareness among employees

To make the organisational and technical measures successful, you definitely need support among the employees. Not only do you need support from the IT department, but from all employees who process personal data in any way. In our e-book, we will explain how you can reach this in an accessible and effective way.

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As a CISO, you are facing a major challenge: creating awareness within the organisation. This is truly crucial. If employees are not fully aware of the implications of the unsafe processing of personal data, you keep on firefighting. But how do you start this awareness process? In our e-book, you will find answers to the question: how to create awareness about the secure processing of personal data within my organisation.

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Eva Malten

Eva studeerde Nederlandse taal en cultuur in haar favoriete stad: Utrecht. Daarna ontwikkelde ze zich tot communicatiemedewerker en werkte bij diverse uitgeverijen en de Bibliotheek Utrecht. Ze houdt van lezen en schrijven en is gespecialiseerd in compacte teksten met een heldere boodschap. Ze voelt zich thuis in het energieke en enthousiaste team van ZIVVER. In haar vrije tijd gaat Eva met haar gezin op stap in Utrecht of staat ze in de keuken om een taart te bakken.

Originally published on October 18, 2018

Last update on July 16, 2021