How compliant is your organisation?
GDPR may have slipped from the headlines, and now be seen simply as ‘job done’ in many organisations. However, with the widespread adoption of remote working due to the pandemic, some aspects of data security may have slipped as people revert to less than optimal practices. It is worth remembering that the penalties for infringement can be costly with a maximum fine of EU20m or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is the greater.
Data Privacy is a worthy goal
GDPR legislation should not be viewed merely as a compliance requirement. There is very real value in protecting privacy given that personal data is so highly sought after by criminals, and its loss can be devasting for the individual concerned. Protecting personal data is a worthy goal in its own right. If people in your organisation are using consumer-grade apps for business communications then you may be contravening GDPR regulations.
As an example as we cover in our Replacing WhatsApp for Business? blog, WhatsApp should not be used for business communications – it expressly says so in its Ts & Cs. Apart from this, you should keep in mind these points when assessing what data might be shared using an app that your organisation does not control:
If you are unsure about any of these points, then it is worth taking a closer look at the apps in use in your organisation, and safe-guarding your business by moving to an Enterprise-grade secure communications app.
Enterprise-grade alternatives from Armour Comms
Armour Comms provides a range of solutions, and the knowledge and experience to curate a suitable service to meet exact requirements. Armour Comms solutions are specifically designed to provide enterprise-ready capabilities, including gateways into existing unified communications systems, for professional customers including governments, financial and legal businesses, defence organisations and high net worth individuals.
Armour Mobile – available for iOS, Android and Windows Desktop, hosted on the Armour Secure Cloud, or as an on-premises solution. Based on NCSC and NATO approved MIKEY-SAKKE protocols, the Armour Mobile app is downloadable from app stores, and benefits from both central administration and quick-and-easy provisioning of new users.
Armour Recall – is now available as an additional module for Armour Mobile users for on-premises deployments and provides secure, centralised audit of all text, audio and message attachments. While designed for organisations in regulated industries such as financial services, legal, pharmaceutical and medical, Recall audit capabilities can be useful for many other security conscious organisations that need to be able to prove who said what, to whom, and when.
SigNet by Armour – an alternative to Armour Mobile for specific use case requirements, using AES 256-bit encryption technology. Available as a hosted or an on-premises solution, SigNet too is downloadable from the app stores, centrally administered, and quick and easy to provision new users.
All Armour products are designed with the end user in mind, to deliver a highly usable experience that surpasses free-to-use apps, with enterprise features and security baked in.
For more information on how Armour Comms can help your organisation to secure personal and sensitive data held on business mobile devices, contact us today.
Armour Comms has published a podcast explaining GDPR and its impact on Mobile Communications which you can view here: