Do you care about your brand?

Introduction                                                                                                                                                                        Ghana is one of the few African countries that have passed a law on data protection. An independent organisation, Data Protection Commission (DPC) has been set up under the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843) to protect the privacy of the individual and personal data by regulating the processing of personal information in Ghana. According to Computer Business Review, data protection breeches by UK business resulted in revenue loss of “£1.2m, which is 13%.

How much do you care about the protection of the customers data you hold? Do you care enough about your brand? Certainly one does not want to put his or her business name into disrepute and yet many businesses are falling foul of the Data Protection Law, Ghana’s data protection is in its infancy and more has to be done to educate businesses and organisations about the importance of data protection in this century. This article will briefly discuss the Data Protection Law and focus on Data Security, one area of the law that has landed a lot of businesses into trouble with the Information Commissioner Office (ICO) in the UK. Ghana has a great opportunity to learn from the best practices from the UK and the West.

Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843)
Please visit the Data Protection Commission’s website to learn more about the Data Protection Law http://www.dataprotection.org.gh/data-protection-act a pdf copy is also made available for download. Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843) provides 8 principles that must be complied with by all data processors. The Act affects both electronic and non-electric platforms. The eight principles are: Accountability, Lawfulness Of Processing, Specification Of Purpose, Compatibility Of Further Processing With Purpose Of Collection, Quality Of Information, Openness, Data Security Safeguards, and Data Subject Participation.

Some Data Security Tips
• Encrypt your hard drive and USB storage devices, including flash drives.
• Back up your data, you may use cloud solutions but have a policy for users and enforce it.
• Securely erase personal information before you get rid of your computer.
• Have a strong password and different password for all your accounts.
• Make sure you protect your computer and network with a fire wall.
• When you sign up for antivirus choose the full online security option and also provides protection for your mobile devices.
• Make sure the operating system of your computer or Smartphone is up to date.

Influence change in your organisation
It is widely known that human factors played a major role in some of the data protection breaches in recent times. Organisations must develop leaders to make them more agile. A leadership culture will respond to change quickly. In a fast pace world like we live in now, organisations need to invest in leadership to influence change in areas like data protection in the organisation. Whilst leaders inspire their team, managers love to command and control. Leaders are more proactive while managers are reactive and may perform badly in responding to data breach in an organisation. Leaders focus and inspire team to take action managers focus on processes and the work. Focusing on the people may help prevent most of the data breach. Clearly a leadership culture will go a long way to reduce data protection breaches.

Secure Data Erasure
Secure data erasure is a computer software method that overwrites hard drive and other storage media several times by wiping off all electronic data on the device. Delete, formatting is not secure erasure. “Right to erase is not right to delete or format” It is scary to note many people, including some IT Professionals thinks formatting a hard drive is enough to erase data from a computer hard drive. That is far from the truth. There are many tools on the market that will recover data from a formatted hard drive. To completely erase data from a computer one will require specialist software like the Secure Data Erasure solutions from Blancco. Do you have an IT Asset Disposal Policy? How are you planning to erase personal information completely from a broken hardware or computers that have come to the end of their life cycle in your organisation? When choosing a solution, consider solutions that are certified and approved by accredited agencies like Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG).

Conclusion
RTE News, an Irish news website published on 25 FEB 2016 that “a data breach is more damaging to an organisation than the departure of its chief executive, a profit warning or a product recall,” If you run an organisation that processes personal data, the first thing is to register with the Data Protection Commission and invest in data protection training and encourage a leadership culture in your organisation. Dispose of your IT asset responsibly by completely wiping off personal data before it is taken out of service.

Profile
Joseph Djokey is an IT Consultant with experience in the British Army and now a Blancco Group Authorized Partner. Joseph helps organisations to permanently erase data to prevent data recovery from unwanted sources.
Website: https://djokey.com/data-security

A LEADERSHIP ENCOUNTER WORKSHOP IN LONDON

Times are changing and these changes require leaders in various settings to adapt to current needs to maximise work place output. For leaders who seek to influence the thinking, development and behaviour of others, ENCOUNTER is the course for you. Anyone who desires greater personal or professional impact could also attend. Lead Like Jesus a global leadership development organization is facilitating a two day workshop in Leadership, to equip leaders with information and techniques of leadership looking at the “Jesus Model of leadership”. ENCOUNTER will be held 34 Park Royal Road, London NW10 7LN UK.

ENCOUNTER is a love-based leadership model built on the foundation of an individual’s character, integrity and power of relationships.

The workshop is for Pastors, Team leaders, Teachers, Human resource professionals Managers, Coaches, Board members and Parents who want to improve their skill s in leadership.

The 10 hours workshop, which starts on 31st March 2016, is structured to include practical lesson and weekly on-line, E-lessons. It would be highly interactive and participant driven. The workshop will also expose common leadership misconceptions and offers a practical model based on Jesus’ Leadership style.

The ENCOUNTER workshop will also teach leaders to serve rather than rule. Participants will be trained to produce results through service and sacrifice rather than through power and position.

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CHANGE YOUR WORLD!
Lead Like Jesus imagines a world in which leaders serve rather than rule, give rather than take. We imagine leaders who produce results through service and sacrifice rather than through power and position.

Throughout the Lead Like Jesus Encounter you will explore effective and practical ways to live your faith at work, home and in all relationships. You will dig deep into scripture and examine the perfect and powerful leadership principles that Jesus modeled in everyday life. Whether you lead a corporation, church or a family, Lead Like Jesus will transform your life and the lives of those you touch.

Packed with 10 hours of action-oriented learning followed by weekly online E-Lessons, Encounter is a highly interactive, participant-driven leadership development workshop that exposes common leadership misconceptions and offers a practical model based on the greatest leader role model of all time, Jesus.

WHAT DOES LEADING LIKE JESUS MEAN?
Leadership happens anytime we influence the thinking, behavior or development of another. Leading like Jesus is not based on position or power. It’s not solely dependent on skills and know-ledge. It’s a love-based leadership model built on the foundation of an individual’s character, integrity and on the power of relation-ships. It recognizes Jesus as the greatest Leader of all time and applies His way of impacting and empowering others to reach their God-given potential.

Leading like Jesus involves the alignment of our:
•Heart: what we believe about leadership
•Head: our leadership point of view
•Hands: our daily actions
•Habits: habits we cultivate for long-term impact

Since we believe Jesus is the greatest leadership role model of all time, our leadership model is simple: follow the Leader.

PS. The LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FACILITATOR CERTIFICATION delegates will come back on Saturday 27th February 2016, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

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Tower of Faith Christian Centre – 32-34 Park Royal Road London, Greater London NW10 7LN GB – View Map

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Discover your purpose.
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There are so many ways to design your website. One of the simplest way is to use a content management system (CMS). There are a lot of CMS on the market, commercial and open source. Choose WordPress, it’s FREE to use. One of advantages of using WordPress is, it’s supported by a global community and they are always working to improve the software quality and updating it is straightforward. Quality WordPress training videos are on YouTube. Technology Mentors like Joseph Djokey are always happy to assist individual or business to use WordPress effectively.

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After launching your website you will need to market it. The first step is to make sure it is indexed by the major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. Research your keywords and use it to optimise your website. Social media platforms like Facebook, and twitter can be a good source of traffic to push to your website.

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Most decent web hosting account have software that is captures activities on your website. Some of the data captured are the number of visitors to the website, the type of browsers use to access your website and the countries of the visitors. These captured reports may assist you to make quality decision about improving your website, like which areas to focus on.

Use Scrum, an effective way to get things done.
Use the Scrum framework to run your web project. Scrum is define by scrum.org as “A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value” Scrum will help you to get the most from your team and help you to focus on what really matters.