Griffiss Institute is marking its commitment to Data Privacy Day by signing on as a 2020 “Champion” for the observance, an international effort held annually Jan. 28 to create awareness about importance of respecting privacy and safeguarding data.
As a “Champion,” Griffiss Institute recognizes and supports the principle that organizations, businesses, and government share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information, the 725 Daedalian Drive organization said.
Data Privacy Day is part of a campaign that promotes awareness of the importance of privacy, highlights easy ways to protect personal information and reminds organizations that privacy is good for business.
This year, Data Privacy Day is encouraging everyone to “Own Your Privacy” by learning more about how to help protect valuable data that is online, said Griffiss Institute.
It said one step is to update privacy settings by using a tool created by the National Cyber Security Alliance at staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/managing-your-privacy/manage-privacy-settings/
“Over the last decade, we have witnessed a rise in the sophistication and scale of traditional attacks. Breaches will continue, hackers will become more advanced, their tools will only improve, and the stakes for everyone are extremely high. Currently the cybercrime-as-a-service economy is stronger than ever,” said Griffiss Institute President Bill Wolf.
“Millions of people are unsuspecting of, and uneducated, about how their personal information is being used, collected or shared in the digital world. The best way to fight cybercriminals is through education and that can start at any age and needs to start now. Data Privacy Day enables individuals and companies to take action.”
As part of its Data Privacy Day efforts, Griffiss Institute throughout this month will post data privacy tips and reminders at griffissinstitute.org and its social media profiles; take part in online safety awareness Twitter chats; and display materials throughout its office building that display the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.