Data Security

Many companies keep sensitive personal information about customers or employees in their files or on their network. Having a sound security plan in place to collect only what you need, keep it safe, and dispose of it securely can help you meet your legal obligations to protect that sensitive data. The FTC has free resources for businesses of any size.

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Ten practical lessons businesses can learn from the FTC's 50+ data security settlements.

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

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When managing your network, developing an app, or even organizing paper files, sound security is no accident. Companies that consider security from the start assess their options and make reasonable choices based on the nature of their business and the sensitivity of the information involved...
You just learned that your business experienced a data breach. Whether hackers took personal information from your corporate server, an insider stole customer information, or information was inadvertently exposed on your company’s website, you are probably wondering what to do next. What steps...