Data Protection Good Practice

Physical security

A lot of emphasis is put on technical security measures to protect computerised information – and rightly so. However, many security incidents relate to the theft of laptops or briefcases or abandoning paper-based material or computers. So physical security is just as important.

  • How secure are your premises? Are there good quality doors and locks? Do you have an alarm? Is the exterior well lit?

  • Do you lock up paper based personal information at night?

  • Are you on the ground floor and additionally vulnerable? Do you need to prevent people being able to see your computers and screens from outside?

  • Do you control access to your premises? Are visitors supervised or kept only to certain public areas?

  • Do you lock up your laptops and other portable equipment and computer media like discs or memory sticks at night?

  • Do you dispose of paper waste containing personal information securely? For example, by shredding.

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