Reminder: new MA Data Security Laws Begin March 1st
On December 1st, panelists from the worlds of information technology, data security and internet law joined Massachusetts General Counsel for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations Diane Lawton in discussing the Commonwealth’s new protection rules at the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) Profitable Connections event titled “Data Security: Truth or Consequences.” The rules go into effect on March 1, 2010.
“Businesses need to assess their data security risks and their ability to handle a security breach,” said Lawton. “While there is not one set rule on how much security is enough, businesses should know that the regulations leave themselves open to the fact that technology changes and security updates will need to be made by business owners.”
Our CTO, Frank Vincentelli, was also one of the panelists: “The methods of data intrusion are constantly changing, but then so are the methods to defend against attacks, and the regulations around data security. Businesses need to educate themselves as to the latest security technology available so they can ultimately protect their data to the best of their ability.”
All business are required to have a written Information Security Program, encryption of data stored on laptops or other portable devices and files that are transmitted across publick networks, employee training and compliance monitoring.
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