Data breaches at government agencies and mega companies lead daily news cycles. Millions of individuals worry about the safety of their personal information. Against this backdrop of insecurity, the Federal Trade Commission recently released Start with Security, A Guide for Business.
This timely Guide features lessons learned from more than 50 law enforcement actions brought by the FTC against businesses. Because the actions were settled, no findings were made by a court. Still, the Guide offers a 10-step checklist as a compliance guide for businesses to follow.
Ten Essential Steps
Protect your business without delay
Reviewing security protocols against the 10-step checklist and documenting your analysis helps protect your business from legal claims if a breach occurs, according to the FTC. The documentation should provide evidence that your business was not negligent. This review also may reveal vulnerable areas to address so sensitive information remains secure.
Small and large businesses, as well as non-profit and professional organizations, should initiate internal reviews of data security protocols. If there is no security plan in place or vendor contracts do not adequately address your data security expectations, consider engaging an attorney with this expertise.