The IT and Archives and Information Governance team recently hosted a half-day seminar for clergy in the James Nestor Hall at the Catholic Education Office WA (CEWA) on Tuesday 20 June to trial the self-service facility features of the online Clergy Database system and participate in the Data Breach online training.
Attended by more than 30 clergy members, the seminar was a great opportunity to empower participants in identifying data breaches and providing information on what to do in the event that a data breach is discovered.
With recent and prominent cyber-attacks, data breaches are becoming an increasing threat to all organisations and their people, and the impact of data breaches can be far reaching on an organisational and individual level.
Following a Welcome to Country from CEWA’s Peter Higgins and a morning prayer by Bishop Don, proceedings begun with attendees logging into the new Clergy Self-Service database in TechnologyOne.
Using the Self-Service Database, clergy are able to access their individual profiles and edit their contact and personal information, making it a valuable resource in the digital age.
Following lunch, attendees were given a short introduction to the new Data Breach Online training modules by Archives and Information Governance Director, Odhran O’Brien, who emphasised the importance of identifying and acting on suspected data breaches.
Attendees were then asked to complete the five training modules, which cover identifying a breach, filling out a data breach form, what other actions can be taken, and completing a short quiz on learnings from the modules.
Defined as the unauthorised access, disclosure or loss of personal or commercial information, potential data breaches can have serious consequences for both individuals or businesses and may be caused by a number of factors, including intentional malicious action, human error, or a failure in information handling or security systems.
In 2021 alone, more than two billion records containing usernames and passwords were compromised, with unauthorised access accounting for more than 50 per cent of all breaches.
A sincere thanks goes out to those who attended the seminar, whose feedback and shared experiences are invaluable as the Archdiocese continues working towards supporting clergy with robust, secure and accessible technology and digital practices.