GDP-AARGH! Is that your reaction when you see or hear anything about the fast approaching General Data Protection Regulation? Many of us feel we have been swamped with alerts and warnings about all the work that is required for GDPR, the consequences if we don’t get organised and our data is breached. All businesses will have to review the way they manage and control data and be aware of the restrictions on marketing but with a little planning and organisation, you can keep your focus on your business. Here’s how AVR can help you!
With the countdown to the launch date of 25th May 2018 rapidly approaching, the onus is on all organisations to review their data protection and privacy processes. The easy way to do this is to ask the managers in each area of the organisation some basic questions:
- Where is our data held?
- Who within the organisation has access to the data?
- What, if any, are the systems or processes we have that track the use of our data?
- Do we securely back up the data
- What threat protection solutions or software do we have to keep the data safe?
Every part of the business or organisation is affected by GDPR; sales and marketing have customer and prospect data, finance has supplier and customer data, HR has employee and job applicant data and technical, operations and logistics departments all hold relevant data too. Some data will be held in central shared files whilst other data will be in individual files and folders controlled by your colleagues. Wherever it is, you will need to know how it’s being used and if it’s secure.
As experts in information security, AVR can help and advise on the best security solutions that will work with the threat protection software you may already have in place. More detail is available in our AVR on GDPR whitepaper which you can read here AVR on GDPR
In addition, we have an association with a leading GDPR training and compliance company, Market Visibility, who can assist with accredited training courses which provide an effective compliance framework and action plan. Please let us know if you are interested in attending one of their comprehensive courses to help you prepare for this major change to the way we work.
We will be happy to answer any questions, queries, thoughts or concerns you may have on any element of data compliance, protection or GDPR. Please feel free to get in touch. You can contact AVR by calling +44(0) 1189 344 300 or visiting www.avr.co.uk.