Six Ideas to Help Small Businesses with the Massachusetts Data Security Regulation

I recently had breakfast with my good friend, Cherie Hafford, and we talked about the Massachusetts Data Security Regulation and how much of a burden it creates, especially for small businesses (more on the Regulation here and here). The Regulation is supposed to be scalable – that is, the degree of compliance should be proportionate

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Homeowners Hurt When EPA Scratches Opt-Out

As I mentioned in my previous post, the new Renovation, Repair and Painting regulation (RRP) went into effect last week on Earth Day, April 22. The regulation is intended to help reduce the risk of lead poisoning by requiring special precautions when performing work on homes built before 1978. Property owners must hire EPA-certified contractors

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Earth Day Triggers New Law That Burdens Homeowners And Contractors

This year, Earth Day heralds a surprise for home owners who live in housing built before 1978. On April 22, the Renovation, Repair and Painting Law (RRP)  takes full effect, imposing new compliance burdens for any contractors who work in older homes, and higher costs for the owners. Any project that disturbs painted surfaces must be

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20 Year Sentence for Identity Theft

As cyber-thief extraordinaire Alex Gonzalez is sentenced to twenty years in prison, I find it ironic that his brilliance is outweighed by his stupidity. Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the massive theft of credit card numbers by hacking into TJX, BJ’s and many other payment servers. Certainly some amount of talent was required to perform these

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Identity Theft and Credit Card Receipts – Is Your Slip Showing?

I’d like to think that it’s common knowledge that credit card receipts can be a prime opportunity for identity theft. However, too many of us simply crumple the receipts and throw them in the trash without a care. If the receipt shows your full credit card number and expiration date, this is an invitation for

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Truth or Delusion? – Myths and Misunderstandings about the Massachusetts Data Security Regulation. Part II

In my previous article, I discussed the lack of guidance from the Attorney General on implementation and enforcement of the new Massachusetts data security regulation. The law is aimed at protecting residents from identity theft by requiring practically every business with employees or customers in the state to implement a written information security plan (WISP).

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Podcast – Massachusetts Data Security Regulations

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Nick Fishman, co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ who interviewed me on the Massachusetts Data Security Regulations and what they mean to businesses. Here’s a copy of the interview. Check out the EmployeeScreen blog at https://blog.employeescreen.com/ to learn more about pre-employment screening and the comprehensive methods EmployeeScreenIQ uses to ensure

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Truth or Delusion? – Myths and Misunderstandings about the Massachusetts Data Security Regulation. Part I

As of this past Monday, the nation’s “most comprehensive data protection law” went into effect, yet many questions remain as to how the regulation will be interpreted and enforced. The law was promulgated by the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. While OCABR put it together, the Massachusetts Attorney General is charged with enforcement.

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Implementing Data Security Is Like Eating An Elephant

We all know how to eat an elephant. One bite at a time at a time, of course. Implementing a comprehensive data security program is no different – for many it’s a monumental task. It can only be accomplished by setting out a manageable, step-by-step plan. Easier said than done? Probably, but that doesn’t mean

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Terminating your Lease-Myths and Misunderstandings

When do I have to vacate my apartment? Can I leave in the middle of my lease? Can I stay few days longer if I need time before my new space is ready? My landlord says I have to get out before noon on the 31st because he needs time to clean the apartment for

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