Posted on September 28, 2006
Filed Under (Compliance) by jennifer

Here is a troubling statistic from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer information and advocacy organization: Since February 2005, the data records of more than 93 million U.S. residents have been exposed due to security breaches. Although the more well-known breaches — ChoicePoint, Bank of America — were at large companies and institutions, many of these breaches occurred at small businesses, the result of hacking and/or someone’s laptop being stolen.

Companies of all sizes need to take precautions to keep customer data safe and secure, but how much security is enough? Does the size of your business matter (NO!), and what is an organization’s responsibilities regarding its customers’ privacy? (You need to have a privacy policy posted!)

I recently spoke to several experts to learn what steps small business owners can take to ensure that they’re in compliance with the latest privacy laws and how they can protect their business — and their customers — in the event of a security breach.

Here are the links to my two-part article on the subject, which contains great, easy-to-implement tips and advice as well as a helpful list of resources: (Part 1) (Part 2)

Be safe and prosper…

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Posted on September 26, 2006
Filed Under (General) by jennifer

and welcome to KNOWschiff, my new blog.

As many of you know, I have been writing about and working with small and medium-sized businesses for years, uncovering great products, tools, and services. (You can read some of my work by visiting my Clips page.) Now I want to share my findings with a larger audience — anyone who is looking for ways to gain a competitive edge or just likes learning cool new (and old) things.

Each week I will be posting an entry or two highlighting a different product (or group of products), service, tool, or website — something that captured my attention, that I think is worth sharing. I also plan to use this space to shamelessly promote businesses, products, tools, and websites that I fancy.

Do you know Schiff? If not, you soon will.  And if you have a suggestion for a small business-related product, tool, service, or website you think is worth me highlighting, let me know!

See you in cyberspace…

Jennifer Lonoff Schiff
Principal, Schiff & Schiff Communications

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