Data Privacy for Businesses: Data Privacy Day 2019

Cooperative Systems joined the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in the global efforts to support Data Privacy Day (DPD) by becoming a 2019 champion!

This is an internationally recognized effort made each year on January 28. It is intended to empower people to protect their digital footprint, highlighting and escalating the protection of data and privacy measures as everyone’s priority and responsibility. The theme is “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust”.

The Story: What Is DPD?

DPD commemorates the January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108. This was the first legally binding international treaty addressing privacy and data protection. In 2014, the 113th US Congress adopted a non-binding resolution in support of the designation of January 28 as “National Data Privacy Day”.

About the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)

NCSA is a US-based nonprofit with public and private sponsorship that is focused on cyber safety education for all online citizens. The NCSA is advised by an advisory committee of privacy advocates across multiple sectors as a way to help their campaigns align with the most current pressing data privacy issues in a meaningful way.

The NCSA’s efforts to educate consumers and businesses year-round is a huge component of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ , which is the ongoing global online safety and privacy campaign led by a coalition of private companies, non-profits and government organizations. NCSA leads this effort alongside the international AntiPhishing Working Group (APWG).

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Annual Themes

Each year, this signature event seeks to wake up the world to the extent to which our own security and privacy is potentially violated online in many ways and how we can better protect ourselves and our fellow online citizens.

In 2019, the focus is on the new era in privacy.
The theme is: The value of your information.

Advice for Businesses: Privacy is Good for Business

Create a culture of privacy in your organization! Educate your employees on why it is so important, and the impact of protection of their consumer and employee identity and information. They play a significant role in guarding all of this and keeping themselves and the business safe.

Tips For Employees To Build Business Trust

  • If you’re collecting information, protect it. Comply with security measures that will protect the data being transferred. Secure it from unauthorized use or inappropriate access.
  • Follow through and do what you say you’re going to do. This may seem obvious, but open and clear communication is needed about the steps you’re taking to secure data and information and maintain that protection.

These measures are often mandates, as opposed to “suggestions”. Many sectors, whether they are covered entities, business associates, or providers themselves, are subject to regulatory compliance that requires these levels of deliberate conscious protection for good reason!

Advice for Consumers: Safeguard Your Data and Manage Your Privacy

Personal information is like money: It is valuable. Protect it!

Information about, like purchase history, location, and other pieces, all has immense value – just like currency. Here are some ways to account for it:

  • Share thoughtfully. Think before posting about yourself, others, and entities. Consider what’s being revealed, who the audience is, and how it may be perceived.
  • Take ownership for your presence online. Check your security settings across memberships and websites, and do this for all applications and browsers you use.
  • Lock down your login information. Make sure you’re using strong account and authentication tools and identifiers, and employ multifactor authentication when it is available!

A strong employee awareness program is just one of the integral components needed to make up a successful business security program in any sized organization.

Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help to create a culture of privacy and cybersecurity inside of your business.

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