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The Mad Scramble – Getting Ready for the Mandatory Data Breach Laws



Sydney, 13 February 2018 - With just 12 days to go until the Mandatory Notifiable Data Breach Laws come into effect on 22 February, many organisations are discovering they are leaving themselves wide open to large penalty fines. Closely following in May 2018, Europe will introduce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws which will also affect Australian companies communicating or sharing information with European entities.
 
These new local and global laws are designed to protect individuals from serious harm as a result of data breaches compromising their private information.  Companies will liable for failure to notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) of a data breach under the new scheme, attracting fines of up to $1.8 million for the NDB alone.
 
Secure communication firm, Dekko Secure, is concerned businesses have not armed themselves with solid defences against data breaches. Executive Director, Jacqui Nelson, said, "Tthere is a lack of information and understanding surrounding these laws. Organisations may believe their communication is protected internally, but it is external security that also needs to be focused upon. How safe is information once it leaves the business?"
 
Dekko Secure currently is one of the only firms worldwide offering fully featured secure third-party communication options.  "Ensuring businesses are ready for the impact of the new laws doesn’t mean expensive software and equipment purchases or lengthy training programs," says Ms Nelson.  "Dekko is an easy to use solution that covers all the bases."
 
Currently focusing on pilots in the legal, medical, financial and technology services sectors, Dekko Secure is operating in boardrooms and small businesses across the globe. Dekko Secure ensures safe, encrypted internal communication and data storage, and the protection of information shared information externally.  "Most businesses don’t understand that conventional email and messaging are not secure. When using Dekko Secure as a communication platform, even email as a preferred and trusted source of communication is totally secure," says Dekko Secure founder, Jay Haybatov.
 
The rapid global growth of technology and digitisation has resulted in enormous volumes of personal data being exposed to the risk of disclosure.  The underlying basis of consumer trust inherent in digital data storage is being eroded and destroyed by the current proliferation of data breaches. Reputational damage and steep financial penalties as a result of a breach will do much harm to many Australian businesses.
 
Up to 80 per cent of businesses in some industries are reported as being unprepared for the incoming regulations.  Organisations need to view the impending legislation as a business-wide issue, not just the domain of legal and compliance departments or the CEO or company directors. Dekko Secure's Jacqui Nelson deems there is some light at the end of the tunnel as "businesses that can show they have taken remedial action prior to a breach will be exempt from notification. Data encryption will be key to ensuring consumer data is protected."
 
Mr Haybatov believes that data security is the responsibility of each and every member in a firm.  He says, "We are all obligated to do our utmost to ensure that client information is safe."
 
For more information and to sign up for a free trial visit www.dekkosecure.com or call Jacqui Nelson on 0416 166 281.
 
Dekko Secure
Bay 10, 9 Middlemiss St
Lavender Bay NSW 2060
E: info@dekkosecure.com