Data Privacy Day: what is it all about?

Data Privacy Day: what is it all about?

Data Privacy Day

A day to build awareness to work safely digitally
Did you know that today is ‘Data Privacy Day’? The goal of this day is to make people aware that protecting personal and company information is important! How do you deal as organization or company with stored documents, finacial numbers, confidential information and address and payment details of your students and/or customers?

Both in schools and companies, a lot of data is processed. IT and digital tools are great and help us to collect, interpretate, process, store and share information. Since almost all computers and devices are connected to internet, it creates also the need to think about storage/access security and sensitive information.

5 tips to safely deal with data and privacy at your school or in your business
De following tips will help your school or company with basic digital security. When you follow these 5 basic principles, your organization increases its resilience against cyber risks that can disrupt your business operations.

1. Identify vulnerabilities
Make an inventory of the ICT components, vulnerabilities and make a risk analysis. In case of risks you look at availability, integrity and reliability.

2. Choose safe setting
Check the settings of equipment, software and networks internet connections. Adjust default settings and look critically at functions and services that are automatically ‘on’.

3. Perform updates
Check whether devices and software are up-to-date. Install security updates directly. Enable automatic updates so that your devices and software will always run on the latest version. Outdates versions increase the vunarabilty of systems and software. To protect privacy, check at least once a month if all software, systems, platforms and websites have the latest version installed.

4. Restrict access
Define for each employee and/or students which systems and data access are required to work and/or to study. Make sure that access rights are adjusted if someone has a new job/study or leaves the school/company.

5. Prevent viruses and other malware
There are four ways to prevent malware:
– stimulate safe behavior of employees and/or students and teach them on
how to use their computer and the network when it comes to privacy
– use an antivirus program
– download apps safely and
– limit the installation possibilities of software

If you have any questions about this topic or these tips, please have a look at the page ‘rent a brain‘.

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