How do I keep my data safe and compliant with GDPR?

Most business computer users will be familiar with using passwords on their computers. While this is a good starting point for protecting your data, it isn’t something you should rely on by itself. For example, if your laptop is stolen when you are using it outside the office it can be hacked within 5 minutes.

Encryption is an important part of your business data protection procedures because it protects data from being accessed by anyone who shouldn’t have access to it. It works by changing information into an unreadable format that can only be accessed by people who possess a “key” which allows them to change the data back into its original, readable form.

The new data protection rules (GDPR) will recommend that any laptops that are used outside of the office use disk encryption. The new data protection rules will also recommend that any documents being transferred by email or between devices using a portable device such as memory stick should be encrypted to protect against the risk of a data protection breach.

e-set Encryption will enable your business to meet the encryption elements of the new data protection rules. It makes your data unintelligible without the correct “key”. Even if a data breach were to occur the data acquired by a third party would be useless. In addition, the data controller for your business would have full control over who can access the encrypted data.

Megabyte Technology can help you work toward making sure your business meets the new data protection rules by offering a 30-minute consultation to explain how you can secure the data you store on computers.

Posted in Best Practices, GDPR, Security

Comments

  1. This is a really important point and thank you for explaining it so clearly. Many of us use our laptops away from the office, and we should be considering the impact of (a) both losing the data it holds and (b) that data getting into the wrong hands. Thanks.

    Miranda February 19, 2018

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