I recently had the opportunity to write an article for CMSWire discussing my data privacy recommendations for this year.
With data breaches making the news almost every week, it’s important for organizations to implement a solid data protection strategy and ensure compliance with either regulatory or organizational policies. With Data Privacy Day (an international event dedicated to create awareness about the importance of privacy) right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get started improving data privacy and protection. My advice is to take these steps toward properly securing your data.
1. Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tolls
Don’t think a data breach can’t happen to you – take a proactive approach to data protection so your company isn’t in the next data breach headline.
2. Hire a Chief Privacy Officer or Data Protection Officer
Data breach incidents will continue to rise, as will the related costs. Designate someone in your organization who is responsible for spearheading development of policies and ensuring compliance with privacy practices.
3. Get Ready for the Cloud
Many organizations are moving data to the cloud, but not all are taking the necessary steps to ensure data security in that space. Before migration, understand what types of data you hold to take a risk-based approach to store it in the right place.
4. Help End Users Do the Right Thing
Create and implement policies that make it easy for employees to work properly with data. Use a privacy impact assessment to evaluate how well employees know these policies and whether they’re following them. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) distributes the AvePoint Privacy Impact Assessment (APIA) System, a free tool to help you evaluate the privacy implications of your IT systems.
5. Set Enforceable Policies
When developing organizational compliance policies, make sure they can be measured, monitored, and enforced.
To get the rest of my compliance tips for 2016, read the full article on CMSWire.
To learn more about the mission of Data Privacy Day, visit Stay Safe Online.