I own a business and handle personal information belonging to my customers and employees. What can I do to protect this information?

There are ways that a business owner can keep the personal information of customers and employees safe. One way is to make certain you have effective endpoint, network and email protection that filters out spam, malware and file types that are dangerous. You can also offer training to employees regarding suspicious emails, particularly those that have attachments. In addition, employees should report any strange emails or attachments to your IT department.

According to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), businesses are required to destroy personal information they acquire from customers and employees prior to discarding it. You can use a shredder to destroy the following information:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Financial account information
  • Driver’s license information
  • Medical histories

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