Our Brand New Online Training Platform

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new Online Training Platform – Midshore Online Training (MOT).

MOT provides many great and useful features such as the ability to list users as Students and Teachers, making it easy for us to help you set up your very own “online classroom” for your business / organisation.

Teachers will be able to access reports on their students which will allow them to not only view how far through the course their student is but also see what grades have been achieved and who by, plus much more.

NOTE: The amount of Teachers / Students is up to you (example: 1 Teacher + 100 Students / 3 Teachers + 25 Students etc)

All of our training is now available to take via MOT and includes courses such as:

Any student that passes a course with the maximum grade will be awarded with an Online “Badge” which is not only designed for “bragging rights” but also to prove that the student has fully understood the materials provided during the course.
(These badges can only be obtained by achieving the maximum grade for the relevant course)

Each course has a test / quiz to complete at the end. A Certificate of Completion will be provided on completion of any course on request (CPD provided).

Check it out for yourself at:

 www.MidshoreOnlineTraining.com

If you would like to learn more, or request a demo for your business / organisation, please contact us by using one of the methods below:

Telephone: (+44) 01481 730733

Email: enquiries@midshoreconsulting.com

Christopher talks GDPR with Fintech Finance

With GDPR creeping ever closer to it’s implementation date of 25th May 2018, we thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you some of the topics that Christopher covered whilst talking about GDPR with Fintech Finance in 2017.

Please watch the video below to see Fintech Finance “speak with Christopher Jehan and Sam du Feu from Midshore Consulting, to talk about some of the challenges associated with a digital transformation, and how to best use the tools of technology to respond to this.”

If you would like to speak to either Christopher or Sam about any GDPR questions you may have, please contact us.

Please note: During the video we mentioned our upcoming training, as this was recording long before our training existed, those training options can be found here: Midshore’s GDPR Awareness Training, Workshops & Certificate in Data Protection.

GDPR Services – Before & After May 25th – [Online email]

GDPR Services, Before & After May 25th

Plus, your chance to book our May 3rd Workshop at our new Early Bird rate.

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There are now only 43 days until the new Data Protection Laws & Regulations go live! So what should you do?

By now most companies should have started making their way towards Data Protection compliance. With the implementation date of 25th May 2018 just around the corner, making sure you’re prepared is more crucial than ever. With this is mind, Midshore are able to provide you with a variety of services to help make sure that your company complies with the upcoming Data Protection Laws & Regulations and that compliance continues.

For those interested in our 3rd May Workshop (event information here), you can book this at our Early Bird rate of just £180 if your booking is before 18th April 2018. Please Contact enquiries@oldmidshore.com to reserve your space.

Before May 25th:

  • Workshop Designed to help implement your data protection strategy
  • Health Check To determine the current state of data protection in your business
  • Awareness Training To give your staff the knowledge to help your business be compliant
  • DP Ready Document Templates To provide your business with the fastest solution to having the right policies in place

After May 25th

If you would like to speak to one of our key contacts for Data Protection about any of the services listed above, please contact:

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Christopher Jehan Managing Director & Principal Consultant christopher@oldmidshore.com

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Sam du Feu Marketing & Data Consultant sam@oldmidshore.com

Did you know Midshore also offer services such as…

And that’s just a start… to see all our services, please visit our website.

 

Upcoming GDPR / Data Protection Events (View all)

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Data Protection Workshop Packages

Date: 3rd May 2018 Time: 9:30 am till 12:30 pm

Our popular workshop package includes:

  • The practical GDPR Workshop
  • Access to our GDPR Health Check tool
Early Bird Rate: £180 Early Bird Package: £275
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Certificate in Data Protection – Practical Application

Starts: 24th April 2018 Time: 9:30 (1.5 days)

The Practical Application Unit of our Certificate in Data Protection goes live on the 24th April.

The units can be taken in any order and when combined with the Regulatory Unit completes the certification.

Data Protection Law and practical steps to be taken – Guernsey Press

This is a copy of our Article that was featured in the Guernsey Press (28/02/2018)

GDPR / Data Protection Law and practical steps to be taken

New data protection requirements, both the EU’s GDPR and the new Guernsey law, and the fines that may be imposed have caused significant concern within organisations. There are some simple steps that can be taken towards compliance with the new requirements.

  • Data Audits

The starting point – a list of personal data held within an organisation, answering the following:

  • What types of personal data do we hold/process?
  • Where do we hold it?
  • Why do we hold/process it?
  • Who can access/use the data?
  • How long do we keep it for?
  • Privacy Impact Assessment

This helps to determine what the risk of processing the personal data is and should contain:

  • A description of the processing
  • The need for the processing
  • The risks posed is processing the data
  • Whether processing complies with relevant codes
  • Safeguards and security measures in place to protect the data
  • Lawful processing

There has been a lot of talk about consent; the common misunderstanding is that consent is required for any processing of data. This is not true as there are other mechanisms that also result in processing being lawful – for example fulfilling a contract with a client.

  • Governance

This relates to the directors (or other governing body) of the organisation. They should review the output from the previous sections to understand the data processed by the organisation and risks associated with it. Governance should ensure that the “tone from the top” results in good data protection practice feeding down through the organisation.

  • Policies

There are two policies that an organisation should have relating to data protection:

  • Data Protection Policy
  • Data/Document Retention Policy

These are approved by the directors, driven by the data audit and privacy impact assessment, and set the high-level approach to data protection within the organisation.

  • Processes & Procedures

The processes and procedures used by the organisation on a day-to-day basis should be reviewed and updated to reflect the policies. This means that compliance with data protection requirements becomes embedded in the practices of the organisation.

  • Training

Training is important at all levels. All staff have responsibility for ensuring data is protected and should receive training. Directors and senior managers should have a greater level of awareness of the responsibilities of the organisation, whilst the data protection officer, or other responsible person, should receive detailed training on the requirements and their role.

  • Re-Assess

Once all measures have been put in place go back over the steps and see whether further improvements can be made.

Measures taken to comply with data protection should be proportional to the business and the categories/volume of personal data held. If you need help, there is training available and consultants available to assist you. Nobody wants to be the first breach under the new law.

Data Protection Awareness module now live!

Today we have officially launched our Data Protection Awareness online training module.

The module is aimed to give all staff members the basic knowledge they need in regards to data protection. And with today’s announcement that Emma Martins will be our Data Protection Commissioner, what better time would there be to brush up your skills.

Read more about the module here.

If you are interested in booking the module, please contact me (rob@midshoreconsulting.com).

Our Full GDPR Training Suite

GDPR Awareness Training

We are proud to announce that our GDPR Awareness Training is now available for booking. This training is designed to give staff members of all skill levels a basic understanding of what requirements the GDPR will bring and what role they have to play in ensuring compliance.

Our Online GDPR Awareness Training is available to book from just £35 per person, however, bulk discounts are available at different levels depending on the amount of places booked. We are also happy to quote for in-house training.

For more information about our GDPR Awareness Training, please use the link provided here.

GDPR Workshop

Midshore offers GDPR Workshops, which have proven to be extremely popular as a practical guide to assist organisations with complying with the upcoming changes. The Workshop is available either ‘standalone’ or as our GDPR Workshop Package which includes:

  • GDPR Workshop
  • Our GDPR Health Check

Certificate in Data Protection

Midshore are the first and only provider of a Certificate in Data Protection for the Guernsey Data Protection Law. Our two-unit Certificate is aimed to give the candidate a thorough knowledge of the regulation and how to best deal with real world use. The units can be taken individually or together.

For more information about or Certificate in Data Protection, please use the link provided here.

Regular Training – More than just a Regulatory Burden!

Business regulated by or registered with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC), the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) and the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) have requirements under the relevant AML/CFT (Anti Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism) handbooks or guidelines to ensure regular ongoing training for their staff in this area.

The requirement to train staff in this area is not new, however often training is carried out in these areas alone, and is directed if not carried out by the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO). How many times have experienced practitioners been forced to take time out from their working day to sit through an hour-long in-house seminar and are able to repeat “placement – layering – integration” or “maximum of 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine” verbatim at their course leader simply from hearing it so many times. Also, how many people have been forced to watch an AML DVD with dodgy acting from Z-list actors portraying farcical characters?

Running in-house training sessions during lunch breaks inevitably leads to:

  • Running multiple training sessions, taking up the valuable time of the MLRO
  • Running additional training sessions for those who are unexpected unable to attend at the last minute (sickness or business)
  • New staff members joining the company who need to have the training provided as part of their induction, which will often be at a time when regular staff training is not scheduled
  • Knowing that someone has been physically present without being able to prove that they were mentally present
  • Lack of quantitative proof of the effectiveness of the training

Clearly, this is not the best solution to a regulatory training need.

Convenience and Scalability

In the modern era we often talk about flexibility, and this is now something that can be offered in the ongoing training space. Let’s take an example.

Company A decides that its employees need to complete their regular AML/CFT training in line with regulatory requirements. The company has engaged with an online training provider (who happen to be called Midshore) to use their online training solution. Taking the experiences of various executives of the company:

  • The Managing Director decides to login from his tablet at home one evening to complete the training – leading by example is important
  • The Sales Director has a rare few days in the office so decides he will complete it one lunchtime whilst eating a sandwich at his desk
  • The Operations Manager doesn’t have enough time during the working day so takes her mobile phone to the gym, logs into their Wi-Fi and burns calories on the cross-trainer at the same time
  • The MLRO and the Human Resources Manager receive regular reports on who has completed the training, together with the score that each employee has received for their end of course test

Midshore Online Training (MOT)

Midshore Online Training (MOT) is the online training solution brought to you by Midshore Consulting. Regularly updated, the Midshore AML/CFT training includes sections on Proliferation Financing, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC) alongside the standard AML/CFT subject matter.

The training module consists of:

  • Online training video
  • Printable course notes
  • 15-question end of module test (75% pass mark)
  • Printable certificate of completion

Using MOT also means that staff located in other jurisdictions (including those in outsourced or offshored operations) can receive identical training to local staff.

MOT – more than AML/CFT

Regulation and legal requirements are changing all the time, additionally local businesses are not just impacted by local law and regulation. Staff in regulated businesses should receive more than just AML/CFT training on a regular basis to ensure that they remain aware of their responsibilities in a number of key areas. This is why the MOT suite of modules will also include:

At this point, it almost seemed appropriate to include a pun about booking staff in for a MOT! However, should you be interested in a scalable and cost-effective solution to ensuring your staff have up to date regulatory knowledge please contact us.

Midshore can also run in-house training, including practical workshops tailored to the needs of your business.

Introducing Midshore’s GDPR Health Check

As you may be aware, the EU GDPR will come into force on 25 May 2018 and local legislation mirroring the EU law will also come into effect.

  • Do you understand data protection?
  • Are you aware of the changes coming?
  • What do you need to do to make your business compliant?

Midshore Consulting are available to provide any assistance you may require in preparing for the new Data Protection Regime. As a first step towards compliance we recommend that you take our Health Check, which is provided as a package with both a written report and an hour’s consultation.

To find out more about our full range of GDPR services, please visit our website: www.midshoreconsulting.com

Don’t risk huge fines! GDPR will impact every business in the Channel Islands!

Some people think that their business is too small, doesn’t deal with financial services, or doesn’t have enough clients to think about data protection. None of these matter, the new Data Protection law will affect every business holding any amount of personal data (data relating to individuals).

Any personal data is covered, it doesn’t matter whether the individuals are customers, patients, guests, employees, suppliers or associates. If your business holds details about individuals (such as telephone numbers or email addresses) it needs to comply with the law.

The Channel Islands already have data protection laws and every business holding personal data must register with the Data Protection Commissioner and has the obligation to keep personal data secure. So, what’s changing?

  • Individuals will have more rights over their data and who holds it
  • Those holding or processing personal data will have greater responsibility
  • More care will need to be taken with “special category” data (for example, information about a person’s health conditions)
  • Consent to hold data will have to be positively given
  • Inadvertent release of data (breaches) will need to be reported to the regulator and to those individuals whose data is compromised
  • There will be big fines for those who don’t comply

The team at Midshore bring together a variety of skills, including data management, regulatory implementation, internet security and compliance to bring you a holistic solution. Data protection isn’t just an IT issue, it’s an issue for the whole business and needs to be treated as such.

For more information on our GDPR services, please see the attached PDF and our dedicated GDPR section on our website:
www.oldmidshore.com/gdpr/.