Most companies keep sensitive personal information in
their files—names, Social Security numbers, credit card,
or other account data—that identifies customers
This information often is necessary to fill orders, meet
payroll, or perform other necessary business functions.
However, if sensitive data falls into the wrong hands, it
can lead to fraud, identity theft, or similar harms. Given
the cost of a security breach—losing your customers’
trust and perhaps even defending yourself against a
lawsuit—safeguarding personal information is just plain
Some businesses may have the expertise in-house to
implement an appropriate plan. Others may find it helpful to
hire a contractor. Regardless of the size—or nature—of your
business, the principles in this brochure will go a long way
toward helping you keep data secure.
The Federal Trade Commission has published 2 useful guides that I’ve shared here for your reference.