Autism Awareness Month 2019
As April is Autism Awareness Month in the UK, we wanted to talk to you about our work making society a fairer place for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. While society has progressed somewhat in recognising and catering to the diverse needs of people with autism, there are still barriers to equal opportunities – especially in the workplace where there is a significant ‘autism gap’:
- Around 1% of the population in the UK are diagnosed with ASD
- 32% of people with autism are in paid work compared to 47% of disabled people
- Only 16% of adults with autism are in full time employment
- Most importantly, 77% of unemployed people with autism say they want to work.
*Data from the National Autistic Society
Bringing Autism Awareness to the Workplace
We believe the autism gap needs to be closed, and that those who want to work should be able to. That’s why Issured are incredibly proud to invest in and support TRACK, an organisation that supports people on the autistic spectrum to access employment through:
Autism Awareness Training and Consultancy
People are often reluctant to talk about autism, which can lead to an unfriendly or unsuitable workplace for people with ASD. Autism awareness is shown to benefit businesses, with some companies reporting that staff with ASD and the right level of support are 48%-140% more productive than their colleagues. TRACK offer a range of training and consultancy programmes to help businesses make minor adjustments to their recruitment and HR policies and be more inclusive for their ASD colleagues.
TRACK are focused on providing opportunities for people with autism, including work placements at their Northampton town centre Café. After all, recruiters are looking for previous work experience! Alongside the placements they provide, they are also creating a network of employers with a good level of autism awareness so that young people with autism know which companies will be understanding of their unique challenges.
How do YOU Promote Autism Awareness?
We would love to see more organisations helping people with autism achieve their career aspirations by removing barriers to their employment. So, during this Autism Awareness Month, why not commit to making your business more accessible to a group of willing, talented people? Head over to TRACK’s website to find out how they can help you.
In the increasingly digital world, ineffective cyber security can have disastrous results for an organisation. The average cost of a ransomware attack is £6.5million and just 33% of all cyber security incidents involve a malicious file. With data breaches taking on average 191 days to discover and 66 days to contain, preventing cyber attacks through a sufficient cyber security strategy is of utmost importance and could save your company from significant financial and reputational harm.
So, what does good cyber security look like?
Understand Cyber Security Risks
The first stage of making sure your business is cyber safe is to understand and analyse the potential risks to your business. Your most valuable asset is your company data, so ensuring it is kept safely and securely should be at the forefront of your analysis. Consider legal and regulatory responsibilities alongside how breaches could occur and what people could do with your data.
Adequate IT Infrastructure with Good Controls
Making sure your IT infrastructure is robust enough to identify, disrupt and prevent cyber security breaches is an essential ingredient in a good cyber security strategy. It is not enough to ensure that external attackers can’t access your systems; all IT systems should have individual log-ins, access levels and audit capabilities to protect yourself from dishonest activity.
Strong Processes with Cyber Security in Mind
The next stage of becoming cyber safe is to refresh of all your IT processes and ensure they are fit for purpose; from email and internet usage policies, to password security and adequate controls. This is also a good opportunity to protect the reputation of your organisation through a strong social media policy that prevents confidential information from being shared online.
A Trained and Knowledgeable Workforce
External breaches disguise themselves as internal ones as quickly as possible to fool employees into opening the door to your company data. That’s why it’s essential that your staff are properly equipped to deal with potential and actual breaches. Staff should undertake regular training that informs them about their responsibilities towards cyber security and how to fulfil them.
Issured offer full-service digital transformation with cyber security in mind. We don’t just deliver a new strategy; we partner with you to embed the transformation into every level of your business and realise tangible results. Contact our experts to find out how we can transform your vision into reality.