The deadline for compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may be just over a year away, but hat does not give organizations long to update policies and procedures and train staff on GDPR requirements.
Figures from Gartner suggest that by the time the deadline arrives, it is likely that more than 50% of organizations will not have done enough to ensure compliance with the new regulations.
From May 25, 2018, any organization found not to be in compliance with GDPR regulations will face the prospect of stiff regulatory fines. The fines for non-compliance are 4% of global annual turnover or €20 million, whichever is the greatest.
The GDPR regulations will improve privacy protections for EU residents by forcing organizations to improve their data handling practices and security defences. While technical solutions will undoubtedly be implemented by organizations to improve security, efforts must be made to train employees to ensure they are aware of their data handling responsibilities.
This week, Wombat Security has announced it has developed a new training module to help organizations comply with the new GDPR regulations. The security awareness training firm has now added the new GDPR training module – GDPR: A Practical Overview – to its training platform.
The new training module is an interactive training program designed to improve employees’ data handling skills and increase awareness of the new EU regulations. While many training programs are focussed on telling employees what to do, Wombat Security has developed its training modules to ensure better user engagement to help employees learn faster.
Wombat Security’s training platform features context-based modules that deliver training sessions in short bursts, typically lasting 5-15 minutes. The interactive training sessions provide immediate feedback to employees and have been developed to drive long-lasting behavioural changes.
Wombat Security consulted with leading experts on the new EU regulations to ensure the key points of the legislation are effectively communicated to employees. The module covers the reasons why GDPR was introduced, the role employees play in GDPR compliance, the classification of personal data detailed in the regulations, data security and privacy guidelines and the new privacy rights that will be given to individuals when the legislation comes into force.
The module also covers the role of the Data Protection Officer and the four main areas that help organizations comply with the regulations and reduce risk: accountability, data mapping, detecting and reporting exposure and data erasure.
Wombat Security says, “With just a year to go before the GDPR finally comes into force, now’s the time for organisations to get proactive about managing compliance and reducing the risk of data breaches by driving real behavioural change among their workforce.”