Data Privacy Day, is right around the corner (January 28) and this year’s theme “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust,” commemorates the 1981 signing of the first legally binding, international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.
Millions of people and businesses are unaware and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected or shared in our digital society. Data Privacy Day aims to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to act.
Privacy is good for business — it is important to create a culture of privacy at work by teaching all employees what privacy means to your organization and the role they have in making sure privacy is achieved and maintained, and that data is protected.
Some quick tips to help maintain privacy and secure your data:
- Lock Down Your Login. Create long and unique passphrases for all accounts and use multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible. A strong passphrase is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that are easy to remember (for example, “I love country music.”). On many sites, you can even use spaces. MFA will fortify your accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics or a unique one-time code sent to your phone or mobile device. This additional layer of security makes it harder for the bad guys to login as if they were you.
- Communicate. Have a meeting to discuss the importance of protecting privacy, data and overall cybersecurity. Take action by ensuring your business is secure. If you are not sure where to begin, work with a company like Vision96 who can help.
- Lunch & Learn. Host a lunch and learn to ensure all staff is “in the know” on your businesses privacy and security policies.
By taking some smart (yet simple) steps, you can greatly impact the safety and security of your business, staff and data.
More About Data Privacy Day.
Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on Jan. 28.
Data Privacy Day is the signature event in a greater privacy awareness and education effort. Year-round, NCSA educates consumers on how they can own their online presence and shows organizations how privacy is good for business. NCSA’s privacy awareness campaign is an integral component of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ ‒ the global online safety, security and privacy campaign.
Building tremendous momentum over the past 11 years under the leadership of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day’s broad range of stakeholders and NCSA staff created press materials, privacy resources, shareable collateral, blogs, social media activities, a comprehensive media toolkit, conducted proactive media outreach and contributed news articles to top-tier outlets. In addition, with the support of sponsors and partners, Data Privacy Day 2019 was officially memorialized at an afternoon event livestreamed from LinkedIn’s offices in San Francisco, CA, on Jan. 28. The “A New Era in Privacy” event, showcased cutting-edge discussions and a TED-style talk with leading experts from industry, government and nonprofits who exchanged ideas about how to best bring this new dynamic into focus and address challenges.
As a result of these broad-sweeping tactics, Data Privacy Day 2019 experienced significant growth, with the overall estimated reach of 2+ billion (2,120,004,886) in comparison to approximately 1 billion in 2018. In fact, print coverage more than doubled in top consumer, business and technology publications including but not limited to Business Insider, TechRadar, Consumer Reports, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Engadget, CNET, AOL.com, Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Mashable, The Hill, Politico and others.
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