Protecting Data when Hybrid Working

About this course

The way we work has changed dramatically in recent years, resulting in a greater dependence on technology to enable effective communication between both in-office and remote employees. We are seeing new advances in AI (Artificial Intelligence) fast developing, creating both positive and negative issues for businesses. Combined, these changes increase the likelihood of data breaches, cyber security threats, and the possibility of confidential information being compromised.

If you have staff within your organisation who work between the office and home, it is crucial that they understand their responsibilities and obligations under GDPR and data protection law. This means that they are better equipped to protect your organisation against a cyber attack.

This course is tailored specifically, to provide all your employees with comprehensive training and you with an evidence trail for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), should a data breach occur.


What is GDPR?

The UK General Data Protection Regulation came into effect on 1st January 2021, and it sets out the key principles, rights, and obligations for the processing of personal data in the UK. It is based on the EU GDPR which applied in the UK before that date, with some changes to make it work more effectively in a UK context. In essence, it is designed to bring controls on how organisations process personal data into line with 21st-century developments, like social media, e-commerce, mobile data and the cloud. 

Fines of up to £17.5m or 4% of your global turnover could be imposed. If you do not follow the GDPR you will be exposing your organisation to those massive fines and the public relations nightmare that is sure to follow. Your reputation could be ruined. 

You can make your systems and contracts GDPR compliant, and you can bring your workforce up to date with all staff training. Data protection compliance training reduces the likelihood of data breaches at work and significantly strengthens your defence when dealing with the ICO.


What is hybrid working?

Hybrid working is a flexible working model which allows employees to work from a range of different locations, hybrid working blends the option of working from home with working in the office, or other public spaces.

Hybrid working can benefit employers and employees alike, it can significantly save office space and reduce resources, whilst helping employees develop a better work/life balance. However, it also presents challenges in relation to potential data protection and cyber security issues.

A hybrid approach brings a greater reliance on technology, this increases your company’s risk of cyber security vulnerabilities. That’s why it is essential for businesses to ensure their cyber security processes are suitable for this new way of working.

Employers need to educate, train and support all their staff, making them fully aware of how their digital behaviour can affect company security. According to a survey by the Ponemon Institute, 65% of business managers said it was easier to protect data when all employees worked in the office.  


Why is data protection compliance training important?

Today’s technology is becoming increasingly more advanced which makes computer systems harder to penetrate. Hackers now rely heavily on human error.

Training is essential as an employee must comply with the law and understand the risks to the organisation’s reputation, the fines the organisation may face and their own personal risk of disciplinary action or even dismissal if they are involved in a data breach.

According to a study by IBM, human error causes 95% of cyber security breaches. Raising all your employee’s awareness through data protection eLearning training will help ensure compliance with the principles of GDPR and reduce the likelihood of data breaches caused by human error.


Who needs data protection training?

The ICO advises it is good practice to provide all staff with data protection training on or shortly after starting employment with regular refresher updates throughout their employment.

A recent report, ‘Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021’, found that 83% of cyber breaches or attacks were phishing attacks – staff receiving fraudulent emails or being directed to fraudulent websites. The report also found that 4 in 10 businesses reported a cyber security breach or attack during 2020-2021.



The standard rate of this course is £30+VAT per staff member, however, depending on the number of staff in your organisation, discounts may be available.
To discuss your training options or if you wish to discuss bespoke training needs regarding the inclusion of in-house documents in this eLearning programme, please contact Debbie Wilson - debbie@legal-island.com.


What does this course cover?
This course was designed specifically for organisations based in Northern Ireland by a team of data protection experts and lawyers.

Topics covered within the course include:

Why protecting data is important

The law relating to data protection

How to protect data in a hybrid world 

How to protect against a cyber attack

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CPD Certified Course


The content of this eLearning course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and offers 1 hour of CPD credit.




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