Data Protection Day – Celebrate Privacy
Jan 28, 2022 | 42Gears Team
Today is Data Privacy Day!
As we say every year, Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness among individuals and organizations to promote the best practices of data protection. This day is marked as a reminder to users, individuals, and organizations to understand the importance of data protection and create awareness.
Ensuring data privacy is an important first step towards a governance-minded approach to organizational data. Movements like this flare the conversation of cyber security concerns, data breaches, cyberattacks, and that act as catalysts for the need and demand for more actions to be taken in order to protect data.
It's a day when you may start making changes in your digital life for your own and everyone else’s security.
It was in the 1970s that Privacy Principles started to get developed and articulated. The US developed Fair Information Privacy principles (FIPS) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) came out with its list of privacy principles in the early 1980s. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) followed the same in the early 2000s.
These Privacy Principles have formed the basis of laws and regulations for Privacy and Data protection worldwide.
The biggest revolution in data protection laws came into force with General Data Protection Regulations. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into being as a result of soaring data breaches and other scandals in the virtual world.
Getting inspired by the European Union, other states like California, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil have their own versions of Data protection laws now.
WHY DATA PRIVACY IS MORE CRITICAL NOWADAYS?
In recent years, we have seen the implementation of some stringent privacy legislations such as the European Union’s GDPR, California’s CCPA, Brazil’s LGPD, and others.
With the advent of recent CPRA regulation as well as discussions on prospective federal privacy law in the USA, data protection has become an imperative for one and all.
The world has seen numerous headlines about data breaches that have impacted millions of people at one go.
2021 has been a record-breaking year for data breaches. According to Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) research, the total number of data breaches through September 30, 2021, has already exceeded the total number of events in 2020 by 17%, with 1,291 breaches in 2021 compared to 1,108 breaches in 2020.
Organizations that state their reliability and trustworthiness whilst handling customer data need to actually exhibit it as the customers quickly fall out of trust with companies that suffer frequent data breaches.
Considering the cost and trust involved in data breaches, it is the need of the hour to initiate steps to secure business data.
For businesses that take data privacy seriously, security is the core of everything they do. So let’s take a pledge on this Data Privacy Day to take concrete steps towards protecting the personal data we hold through any means necessary.
Here are five (5) simple steps you can take this month to be privacy-aware and improve your security plan:
- Choose Proper Passwords: While setting a password, make sure you choose something that is strong and unusual. Usually, people tend to set up their passwords carelessly and use the same passwords for all accounts. This paves the way for hackers to break into their accounts and commit data theft. There are many SureMDM features available to help you set a strong password.
- Review your Privacy Settings: Update the privacy settings of websites and applications you use the most. Cross-check whether your account is marked as private or made public. Also, see if your data has been shared with third parties.
- Implement a “need to know” Policy: To minimize the risk of data breaches, create policies that limit access to confidential data sets. In an enterprise setting, role-based access principles can help you maintain data confidentiality by means of sharing access on a need-to-know basis only.
Through SureMDM, you may create an application policy and can keep a record of log entries as well.
- Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA): MFA adds an additional layer of protection to your system against someone trying to access your personal accounts.
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) also recommends having multi-factor authentication to secure online accounts and apps. Basically, it’s a crucial endpoint security measure that adds an extra step when signing into high-value services.
Our product, SureMDM, has integrated two-factor authentication to protect against data breaches which allows Admins to enable two-way factor authentication at the console level.
- Spread the Word: After completing your own privacy- check, help others to do the same. Any company, regardless of its size, can become a target for cybercriminals. As a result, you need to focus on building a cyber-secure corporate culture by educating employees.
Share the same tips you follow to secure your data with your family, co-workers, and community.
Privacy is one of the most rapidly evolving fields globally with developments taking place almost every day. An organizational shift towards a culture of respect for privacy rights and an understanding of good data protection practices takes time and patience. However, if you want to mitigate the risk of fines and other sanctions under existing data protection laws, an effective privacy framework is a vital step ahead.
Celebrate Privacy Day with us! For more information, including how to stay up-to-date on good security practices through our products, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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