DefendX CEO, Joe Cutroneo's, Forbes Tech Council Published Article:
Every person who comes into contact with your organization brings an abundance of personally identifiable information (PII). This information is sensitive data, and it’s your responsibility as the business owner to protect it according to compliance guidelines on a local and global scale. While each business has a different way of handling, processing, storing and disposing of sensitive data that passes through its network on a daily basis, businesses everywhere must follow certain regulations and laws.
Like most laws, varying measures need to occur at the regional, national and global levels. Complying with these laws will prevent your organization from having to pay costly fines.
So, how do you make sure that everyone in your organization is staying on track?
By incorporating workflows and policies that detail the purpose of data protection at your organization and comply with the areas you serve, you will operate efficiently every day, without any additional worry. And as an added bonus, clients will be more apt to build a trusting relationship with you when they know your data and their data is protected. With the boom of online consumerism, protecting data and staying in line with compliance issues will only take your business further.
When building a compliant operation, the first thing you need to ask yourself is what type of sensitive data is being collected as part of the everyday business. Once you have that established, be prepared to launch a series of data management systems geared toward providing protection and make sure you have all the locations you operate in checked off. Much like traffic laws, every state has different regulations, so if you operate across the United States, you’ll want to comply with the state that has the most stringent laws.
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