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For businesses, the key to safeguarding sensitive information is to start with security. The Start with Security brochure and videos released in 2015 offer practical tips to take from the FTCs 60+ data security cases. From sensible information collection policies and product design through training, transmission, storage, monitoring, and disposition, Start with Security breaks data security down to ten actionable principles suited for companies of any size and in any sector.

Looking for a deeper dive? The 2017 Stick with Security series on the Bureau of Consumer Protection Business Blog offers additional insights into those ten principles based on the lessons of recent law enforcement actions, closed investigations, and experiences companies have shared about starting with security at their business.


Stick with Security: Insights into FTC investigations

#1     Start with security – and stick with it

#2     Stick with Security: Control access to data sensibly

#3     Stick with Security: Require secure passwords and authentication

#4     Stick with Security: Store sensitive personal information securely and protect it during transmission

#5     Stick with Security: Segment your network and monitor who’s trying to get in and out

#6     Stick with Security: Secure remote access to your network

#7     Stick with Security: Apply sound security practices when developing new products

#8     Stick with Security: Make sure your service providers implement reasonable security measures

#9     Stick with Security: Put procedures in place to keep your security current and address vulnerabilities that may arise

#10     Stick with Security: Secure paper, physical media, and devices

Stick with Security: FTC resources for your business