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/EINPresswire.com/ Following the Information Commissioner’s statement that ‘there is clearly an underlying problem with data protection in local government’, the data protection experts at IT Governance warn, that the problem has to be addressed at staff level.
Data protection is an issue that affects all organisations. In the UK all organisations must comply with the Data Protection Act (DPA), and face stiff penalties if they breach it. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reported that so far nineteen local councils have received monetary penalties totalling £1,885,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act.
Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance, says, “In the fight against identity theft, staff is the weakest link. Many organisations fail to address this issue appropriately. Either they are failing to educate staff or they are not using the right means.
“It’s not enough to simply draft a policy statement, put it on the Intranet and ask employees to sign a piece of paper once they’ve read it. Organisations need to be more proactive in helping staff understand their responsibilities under the DPA.”
Deploying a DPA Staff Awareness eLearning course is considered one of the more intelligent and efficient methods of introducing training and educating staff in the Data Protection Act principles. It also provides employers with hard evidence of each employee’s level of understanding.
The DPA Staff Awareness eLearning course developed by IT Governance can be customised to reflect the organisation’s image and internal policies. A one-to-one free demo of the e-learning software can be requested from the company’s website at www.itgovernance.co.uk/shop/p-521-dpa-e-learning-course.aspx.
Some of the benefits for organisations deploying the DPA Staff Awareness eLearning course include:
• Massive financial cost savings in comparison to traditional training options.
• Minimal office disruption – staff train at their desks.
• Minimal administration – comprehensive reports available.
• Systematic evidence that training has actually been provided
• Simple to use with relevant and informative content.
A single-user licence can be ordered online from www.itgovernance.co.uk/shop/p-521-dpa-e-learning-course.aspx. Call +44(0)845 070 1750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to enquire about multi-user licences and customisable versions.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
IT Governance Ltd is the single-source provider of books, tools, training and consultancy for IT governance, risk management and compliance. It is a leading authority on data security and IT governance for business and the public sector. IT Governance is ‘non-geek’, approaching IT issues from a non-technology background and talking to management in its own language. Its customer base spans Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. More information is available at www.itgovernance.co.uk.