A growing danger is unsafe management of digital data. And not only for companies with information technologies as their main business, because today practically every company has sensitive data. Such as:
- The customer database
- New prices for the coming year
- Technical product details (drawings, measures, colour codes, etc.)
- Documents about the company’s strategy
- Personal information about employees
These data have to be protected against damage, loss, computer virus infection, abuse from spies or competitors, etc.
Be also aware of that the numerous new types of mobile devices have increased the danger for theft, loss and/or hacking.
Each country has a general data protection law. For the European Data Protection Directive, click here
: The Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (implemented in 1995).
Furthermore, each company should have a data protection policy: How to handle and to protect company-specific data and employee-specific data?
Check with your apprentice:
- Explain your company rules and safety procedures.
- Which recommendations does your company have for password creation, filing documents and making security copies?
- How do the employees have to take care of their professional personal mobile phones, net books and lap tops, when working outside of the company?