Hybrid work is here to stay. In fact, it’s projected that as many as 90 percent of organizations intend to shift to a hybrid work model for their employees. This is great news for employees, but it can also be a red flag for compliance. Whether your staff are working in the office, at home, in shared workspaces or on the road, managing compliance risks as well as securing your company’s data is crucial.
Protecting your company’s data is especially important when it comes to complying with data protection laws. If you breach the UK DPA (Data Protection Act) 2018, UK GDPR (General Data Protection Act) or EU GDPR, you could face fines of up to £17.5 million (under the DPA 2018 and UK GDPR), €20 million (under the EU GDPR) or 4% of your annual global turnover – whichever is greater.
EU Regulators, such as the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office), made allowances for emergencies during the pandemic, but as restrictions are lifted, less leniency will be granted. Therefore, it is essential to safeguard your security measures if you are making hybrid work a permanent option.
Here are key points to consider as you protect your hybrid working environment and prepare to stay compliant:
- Test your systems
- Track how your data is used
- Deploy effective cyber incident response plans
- Map the flow of your data
- Understand how the latest data transfer rules affect your business
- Choose solutions that can help you manage your security and compliance
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