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Celebrate Data Privacy Day: Free privacy and security awareness resources

January 21, 2022 by Jeff Peters

January 28 is Data Privacy Day, a day I actually love to celebrate!

Why? Data privacy tends to be viewed through a negative lens — massive data breaches, fines from government watchdogs and stories of lost customers. But when done right, it can become a story of empowering people and organizations to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.

We want to keep that positive message going throughout 2022, so here are a few of our best data-privacy-related resources. We encourage you to read, download, watch and share them throughout the year.

1. Keep your personal data safe

Keeping your personal data safe starts with you. How much information are you exposing through social accounts and insecure phone settings? How deep is the potential treasure trove of old files stored on your devices? How does your cyber hygiene stack up against the criminals and bots trying to break into your accounts?

Download our collection of free security awareness tip sheets for a quick playbook on staying cyber secure at work and home — from securing your home devices to understanding common phishing attacks and more.

See if you can take your biggest data privacy weakness (or a handful of them!) and turn it into a strength this year.

2. Keep your customers’ data safe

Cybersecurity is a team effort, and every employee has a part to play in protecting customer data. According to Osterman Research, 96% of security and IT leaders understand the importance of a strong cybersecurity culture, and that culture is often driven by security awareness training.

Learn more about building and optimizing a culture of cybersecurity with these free resources:

Need help getting started? Download our Road to Cybersecurity Toolkit, which includes a training module, assessment, posters, newsletter and more to help prepare employees to detect cyber threats and keep data safe.


3. Learn about data privacy careers

The demand for data privacy is also creating a wide variety of career opportunities — from teaching data privacy best practices to implementing a data privacy program to building data privacy into applications.

On our Cyber Work Podcast, we regularly speak with privacy practitioners about their roles and which data privacy career path may be right for you. Here are a few episodes you may want to check out:

If you’re looking for technical training on implementing and managing a privacy program, check out our courses in Infosec Skills.

You can learn directly from long-time data privacy practitioners, such as Ralph O’Brien, Chris Stevens, John Bandler, Starr McFarland — and more.

Stay safe!

Posted: January 21, 2022
Jeff Peters
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Jeff Peters is a communications professional with more than a decade of experience creating cybersecurity-related content. As the Director of Content Marketing at Infosec, he focuses on developing materials to help cybersecurity practitioners and cybersecurity leaders improve their skills, level up their careers and build stronger teams. His primary duties include overseeing the Infosec Resources website, working with the team of Infosec Skills instructors to share their expertise, and shepherding the Cyber Work series, which aims to help people break into cybersecurity, get hands-on experience, and create a community for aspiring and existing cybersecurity professionals.