Loss of data on laptops and USB sticks

The General Data Protection Regulation replaces the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive, and comes into force on the 25th May 2018.

It has been developed to strengthen and unify online privacy rights and data protection for individuals within the European Union.

The Regulation requires organisations of all sizes to adopt a new set of processes and policies aimed at giving individuals greater control over their personal records. Much of this will involve writing new processes and manuals, retraining staff and updating systems to accommodate these new procedures. Other steps involve practical measures, such as employing encryption where data is exposed to risk.

Reporting a data breach

It has always been a concern if your data is lost or stolen.  The thought of someone getting hold of your business data is a real worry.  Under the new GDPR regulations it’s even more of a worry as the lost or stolen personal data is a data breach  and must be reported within 24 hours to the national authority and also to the affected individual so that they can take the appropriate measures.

This is not necessary if the data involved in the breach has been rendered unintelligible to anyone unauthorised to access it.  A lost or stolen laptop or USB stick need not lead to a penalty if it has been encrypted with a validated product.

Colbek offer a number of encryption solutions including Full Disk Encryption, Removable Media Encryption, Endpoint Encryption Go Portable Encryption, File and Folder Encryption, Mail Encryption, Text and Clipboard Encryption, Virtual Disks and Compressed Archives, Encryption Key Management.

Call us to help prepare for GDPR and minimise the risk of losing your important data.