Physical Security and what it means for Privacy!
One of the fundamental principles of Privacy is that personal data must be processed securely. This means that it must be protected against unauthorised access, disclosure, or destruction, which applies not only to digital data but also to physical data, such as paper records or hard copies of documents.
Protect Sensitive Personal Data
Physical Security is an essential aspect of protecting sensitive information and personal data. By securing physical access to secure areas that require privileged access, schools can help to prevent unauthorised access to sensitive data and reduce the risks associated with potential data breaches.
Know the basics
Physical security measures include various things, such as locks on doors and windows, security cameras, and other security systems. These measures help to prevent unauthorised individuals from gaining access to secure areas where personal data is stored, processed, or accessed.
Staff play a crucial role
Staff are crucial in maintaining physical Security, as they are often the first line of defence when protecting secure areas. Staff need to understand the risks associated with propping doors open and failing to protect certain areas, as this can make it easier for unauthorised individuals to gain access to sensitive data.
Be aware of malicious intent
Terms such as piggybacking and tailgating should be familiar to staff, as these are common methods that unauthorised individuals use to gain access to secure areas. Piggybacking is when an unauthorised individual follows an authorised individual into a secure area, while tailgating is when an unauthorised individual tries to gain access by following closely behind an authorised individual.
Report suspicious activity
Staff should also know where to report any suspicious activity, such as someone attempting to gain access to a secure area through piggybacking or tailgating. By reporting such activities, staff can help to prevent unauthorised access and protect sensitive data.
Physical Security is essential to protecting sensitive information and personal data, and staff have a crucial role in maintaining this Security. By understanding the risks associated with propping doors, failing to protect secure areas, and knowing where to report suspicious activity, staff can help ensure that sensitive data remains protected.