Employees Can Be Champions of Data Privacy

As an ongoing National Cybersecurity Alliance partner, Defendify is excited to be an official Champion of Data Privacy Week. As Data Privacy Week Champions, our goal is to empower and guide organizations on ways to protect the privacy of those they do business with.

NSCA Privacy Week Champions

What is Data Privacy Week?

Data Privacy Week is an expanded effort from Data Privacy Day, taking place annually from January 24th through the 28th. Its purpose is to generate awareness about the importance of privacy, highlight easy ways to protect personal information, and remind organizations that respecting privacy is good for business. 

This year, we encourage individuals to learn more about managing and protecting their valuables online. Organizations are responsible for keeping individuals’ information safe from unauthorized access and ensuring fair, relevant, and legitimate data collection and processing.

As technology evolves and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence how consumers interact with businesses online, data collection practices are becoming increasingly unavoidable, making it imperative that organizations be open and honest about collecting, using, and sharing consumers’ personal information.

5 Ways to Help Employees Understand Data Privacy

Create a Culture of Privacy

Looking at your organization’s Technology & Data Use Policy is a good jumping-off point. Create a privacy awareness campaign to educate employees on your company’s privacy around the office. This could be on an internal message board, company newsletters, or emails. Teaching new employees their role in your privacy culture and reinforcing that throughout their career is key. 

Organize Continuous Privacy Awareness Training

Engage staff by asking them to consider how privacy and data security apply to their daily work —inviting external speakers to talk to employees about why privacy matters can be hard in the age of remote work. We suggest using classroom training that managers can play on-demand in a classroom or webinar setting. Employees are led by security experts on the basics of defending their organization’s privacy and then quizzed on their level of knowledge. 

Help Employees Manage Their Individual Privacy

Better security and privacy behaviors at home will translate to better security and privacy practices at work. This is especially important now when the line between one’s home and the office is blurred. Teach employees how to update their privacy and security settings on personal accounts. Phishing simulations can help reinforce the best behaviors in avoiding attacks.

Add Privacy to the Employee Toolbox 

Give your employees tools they can use to improve their privacy. A good option is a virtual private network (VPNs) to secure their connections. Physical tools could include company-branded camera covers and privacy screens for their devices. Hanging or sharing eye-catching awareness posters is a way to maintain visual reminders on maintaining a proper cybersecurity posture. 

Maintain Oversight of Partners and Vendors

Your employees may not be privacy or security experts, so it can be critical to build mechanisms that make it easy for them to report privacy or security concerns. The sooner you know about a breach, the faster it can be contained. The longer an attack continues, the higher risk of damage; therefore, the higher the potential financial loss. Help stop an attack before your employee can even discover it with managed detection and response technology. It is always-on, closely watching activity, analyzing data trends, identifying anomalies, and counteracting developing threats in real-time. 

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