If you operate a business in the great state of Queensland, you have certain statutory and legislative data protection obligations you need to meet and adhere to.
In this blog post we are going to highlight the relevant legislation and show you how Digital Sense can help you remain secure and compliant.
Queensland legislation on protecting personal private data
As a business owner you will over time start to accumulate a large amount of information regarding your customers and you have a legal obligation to secure and protect the privacy of your customer’s information.
Not only is protecting the privacy of your customer’s data law, it is also good business. Relationships are built on trust and as we all know trust takes a lifetime to earn but only a moment to lose.
One only needs to follow the news to see how common data breaches are in today’s online world.
Companies which suffer a data breach not only need to answer to the authorities, they need to answer to their customers as well. A data breach means they have broken the sanctity of the trust their customers have placed in them. This is most definitely not something any organisation wants or needs.
Organisations should always be proactively looking to add more security to protect their customer’s data. If you choose to migrate your IT systems to Digital Sense’s secure cutting-edge data center, your systems and data will enjoy the physical and virtual protection our leading data center has to offer.
Legislation covering the processing and protection of electronic transactions
There are two pieces of legislation which enact the laws regarding the processing of electronic financial transactions. The Queensland Electronic Transaction Act 2001 and the Australian Electronic Transaction Act 1999.
These laws stipulate that there is no difference between online transactions and real-world transactions and that your online security must comply with national and state laws. A subsection of these laws state that there are certain safeguards you must have in place when keeping these financial records. Firstly, these records need to be kept in a secure environment and secondly, they need to be kept for a prescribed period of time.
From an IT operations point of view these legal requirements translate to secure storage for your data and the retention of backups for the period of time stipulated under the relevant law. Utilising the Digital Sense cloud based backup service will aid you in being compliant to these pieces of legislation.
IT risk management and business continuity planning
Organisations in Queensland are expected to put certain risk management measures in place to ensure their business and their customers are protected from online threats. These security measures include items such as encrypting online traffic, ensuring their online services are protected by firewalls, implementing a robust password policy and managing and maintaining an anti-malware solution to protect their systems.
Over and above these basic security measures, businesses are also expected to have a business continuity plan. This plan needs to have policies, procedures and tools in place to ensure an organisation can minimize damage and interruption to its business in the event of an incident which negatively affects IT operational infrastructure.
Get protected with Digital Sense & Veeam
Digital Sense and Veeam® can help you with your IT risk management and business continuity by assisting you in creating a hybrid cloud for disaster recovery and business continuity. This enterprise grade yet affordable solution aids organisations in simplifying their data protection strategy while saving costs and improving their compliance.
Our business continuity solution is both cost effective and offers superior features such as built-in compliance and data protection best practices when compared to a traditional on-premise solution.
Instead of creating an expensive on-premise solution for your business continuity, leverage the tools, standards and practice we have already implemented in our data center data protection solutions.
For more information, download our informative whitepaper Data protection needs in Queensland – What to look for.