Our approach to training – why we’re different
Let’s be honest, people rarely get excited about Data Protection and Information Security training. It’s often seen as a very dry and boring subject, with a long list of “do’s and don’ts”. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. At Percipient Consulting, we are committed to providing training which is interesting, informative and engaging, using current and relevant examples and scenarios to help focus the mind and ensure a much better understanding of the importance of protecting our data both at work and at home.
All too often Data Protection training is completed as a tick box exercise to satisfy compliance to GDPR, Information Security standards and statutory obligations and to protect the company’s reputation. Whilst this is obviously vitally important, at Percipient Consulting we believe that good data protection awareness training should acheive much more than that. It should protect the employee as well as the company.
We’re convinced good data protection training should give individuals a wider awareness of the risks to keeping personal data safe both inside and outside of the workplace. Making the training relevant to an individual’s everyday life and providing an understanding of why something is so important and what can go wrong, helps them to fully engage and really buy into the messages being delivered.
You can tell someone they need to make their passwords unique and strong over and over again, but they may not act upon the advice. If you explain what the risks are, what can go wrong and why it is so critical to not use the same password for every account, there is a much greater motivation to change and protect themselves.
When an individual is motivated to take ownership and accountability for protecting their own personal data, they are more likely to share that knowledge with their nearest and dearest and carry the lessons learned into their working day.
Our training doesn’t just explain about the principles of data protection and the basics of good data security procedures, it is designed to help make people stop, think and question before they act on something. When people have a thorough understanding of why it is so important to keep personal details safe and secure and are more alert to both the risks and the consequences of data loss, protecting that data becomes second nature – a first thought, rather than an afterthought.