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The 100,000.00 Question: Are you doing enough to keep customer data secure?

Are you doing enough to keep your customers data secure? Here is a link to Kaspersky Labs fine blog entry about how a regional restaurant chain has been ordered to pay the state of Massachusetts $110,000.00 to settle the states claim under their data security law. Not all states have such serious penalties however this should serve as a warning to all of us in small business: Do not play fast and loose with customer data, treat others data as you would like your data treated.

Here are a five simple things you can do right now:

  • Check that all your computers have updated and functional anti-virus software.
  • Have a fair use policy that all your employees know about to discourage them from doing edgy things with work computers.
  • Destroy old customer data, check with your CPA and legal counsel about what you must retain and then eliminate everything else.
  • Have strong passwords or change them frequently or both.
  • Remove the hard disks from your old computers and physically destroy them or send them to be degaussed by professionals.

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