30 July 2021
Data privacy and security: How robust are your systems?
Data is a highly
valuable asset across countless sectors across the world, and the fuel logistics
industry is no stranger to its importance.
The supply chain
industry relies on the communication of information and data, and if these
become disrupted, vulnerable or insecure, it could lead to catastrophic consequences.
Without robust and
effective data privacy and security in place throughout a fuel logistics
operation, businesses run the risk of severe data breaches which could lead to
huge losses of revenue and reputational damage.
We look at the
importance of data privacy and security within fuel logistics, and how
companies can best prepare and protect their operations with the support of a
digital optimisation system.
Fuel logistics organisations are
dynamic operations, and their complex nature relies on several moving parts
that could easily cause bottlenecks within the supply chain at any stage. Therefore,
the role of data and its efficient and effective transfer is vital for the many
cogs in the fuel logistics machine to work harmoniously.
Why is a secure data infrastructure
Without a sound and
secure data infrastructure in place, fuel logistics companies could be
vulnerable in several ways:
- If data privacy and security are not properly
protected, a fuel logistics company is left highly vulnerable to theft
- An increased risk of being targeted by hackers
- Important and sensitive data left vulnerable
- Increased likelihood of data breaches
- Threat of reputational damage
- Potential for staff redundancies or operational
- Threat of damage to fleets
The role of a digital optimisation
When it comes to
safeguarding your data privacy and security, an effective digital optimisation
system is key.
Outdated systems are relatively easy to infiltrate
by hackers. Ensure the software used within your digital optimisation system is
password protected, uses SSL certificates and a VPN.
Fleet managers need to
be safe in the knowledge that their systems are trustworthy and reliable. Our
Cloud-based system transfers only updated files, meaning that the reliable
transmission of data is achieved even during instances of intermittent
This ensures that
complete data is transferred safely, without delay and delivers peace of mind
to fleet managers.
Informed decision making
The support of a
digital optimisation system allows fleet managers to make well-informed, data-led
decisions to maximise productivity, efficiencies, and your bottom line.
Eliminating data losses
automated systems not only streamline operations, save time and money that
would be otherwise be wasted searching for lost point of delivery (POD)
paperwork, but eliminate the risk of documents containing key customer data
A paperless operation
ensures data is logged, automated and tightens up security across fleets. With
PODs instantly emailed to all relevant back-office personnel, operations are
efficient and there is no risk of data being lost through the manual transfer
of paperwork between depot and HQ.
A future-proofed system
services ensure your software is looked after and its effectiveness is
maximised. Not only does a hosted solution take the strain away of relying on
in-house expertise, but infrastructure management costs are also reduced, and guaranteed
levels of security are provided.
While the safeguarding of data has always been paramount, this has been
heightened by the introduction of GDPR regulations. It is vital that fuel
logistics companies protect their data and effectively follow GDPR compliance
procedures to avoid hefty fines.
The issue of data security
is assisted by the Cloud-based software, as we adhere to the very strictest
regulations to safeguard your data security.
Regular security updates
To keep your operation
as robust as possible, it is vital that software releases and security updates
are managed and implemented effectively. This is where TouchStar can help. We took the strategic decision, well ahead of Microsoft’s declared obsolesce
deadlines to no longer support Windows CE, to move to Android. This OS is
regularly updated each year, with monthly security patches issued by Android
which are tested and rolled out across our devices.
Alongside this, we
continually monitor and implement security fixes, and additional penetration
testing can be carried out to ensure maximum security levels.
A well-managed and
regularly updated digital optimisation system safeguards your logistics company
and ensures it is receiving the very latest security updates to aid your
operation. It also ensures your business is operating in line with the very
latest technical updates and appropriate software available.
Ensure your logistics
company data and security is as protected as possible with the support of an effective real-time digitally-based delivery system. To find out more about
TouchStar’s fuel logistics solutions and, how they can keep your data
infrastructure secure, please get in touch.