News that RSA (the Insurance company, not the Search Firm) were fined £150,000 for losing a single hard drive containing 20,000 records - despite no evidence of economic loss to the customers involved - should make search firms gulp. According to research, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds - if your team members are wandering around with candidate data stored locally in Outlook or on Spreadsheets you may want to think of the ramifications of this case for your way of working.
The rules on data security are about to get even tougher, and that's why Alex James and I are hosting a free webinar later this month on data protection for recruiters. Details here: https://www.dillistone.com/gdpr-executive-search-firms-know/
There are simple steps companies should take when using this type of equipment including using encryption, making sure the device is secure and routine monitoring of equipment. RSA did not do any of this and that’s why we’ve issued this fine.