Policy management software adopted at London Borough of Merton to comply with Data Protection Legislation.

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The London Borough of Merton has adopted an automated approach to user awareness and policy management. They have purchased Metacompliance to improve the adoption of policies, be able to evidence compliance and improve their overall Data Protection posture.

“We needed a way to ensure staff could find time in their busy schedules to read, understand and confirm Merton’s policies and procedures. It was essential for us to have reliable information confirming rates of acceptance." Richard Warren, LB Merton.

London Borough of Merton has purchased Metacompliance user awareness and policy management software to improve the adoption of internal policies and procedures. The software will mean the Council can easily produce management reports which evidence the fact that their staff have read, understood and accepted policies created around current Data Protection directives.

Speaking about their decision to implement an automated approach to user awareness and policy management, Head of IT Service Delivery Richard Warren explained:
“We needed a way to ensure staff could find time in their busy schedules to read, understand and confirm Merton’s policies and procedures. It was essential for us to have reliable management information confirming rates of user acceptance so that we can plan and target awareness-raising messages. We had been looking at MetaCompliance for some time, and we are confident that it will be easy to use, and will be flexible and scalable enough to meet our present and future compliance needs.”
Richard Warren, Head of IT Service Delivery, London Borough of Merton.

Speaking on behalf of Metacompliance, CEO Robert O’Brien added:
“London Borough of Merton is another example of a Local Authority taking a proactive approach to their Information Governance and Data Protection responsibilities. Automation of these repetitive compliance processes is the most efficient and effective method of gaining and demonstrating employee understanding of internal policies and regulations regarding Information Security. The increasing use of financial sanctions by the ICO as well as the proposed changes to EU Data Protection law means such organisations cannot bury their heads in the sand when it comes to protecting customer Information and complying with regulations. London Borough of Merton should be applauded for taking a Best Practice approach to Information Security and I’m sure they will be followed by many more organisations as this issue continues to rise to the top of their list of priorities.”

Notes to Editors:

http://www.merton.gov.uk is a borough in Southwest London, England.

Metacompliance
http://www.metacompliance.com has a focus on enabling organizations to deliver user awareness and compliance in a cost effective manner. The company develops software for the Private and Public sector that automates the increasing demands of IT Assurance regulations and the related user awareness requirements that have become a significant burden on modern business. The company has developed a suite of products that can be matched to the information assurance maturity of a customer’s workforce. These products have extensive functionality in the area of Policy Management, Third Party Compliance Management, Incident Reporting and Risk Management. Metacompliance solutions meet the requirements of all sizes of organisations, in terms of complexity and scale.

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