Security Measures to Consider While Working From Home During the Pandemic
Jun 08,2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and businesses moved their operations to a work from home (WFH) basis, many had to do so in a rush. While many people around the country have been able to work from home at least occasionally in the last decade, very few businesses are set up for complete WFH operations. Although the country is slowly beginning to open and workers are preparing to return to offices in phases, many businesses may continue to WFH for weeks or even months. Some businesses have even announced moving a portion or all of their employees to a permanent WFH status. With this long-term WFH environment in mind, there are some things that CEOs need to consider. Evaluate current IT security and protection When it comes to creating a successful and secure WFH environment, a top priority for businesses should be making sure that their business operations are...
Where Does Your Business Stand Against Growing Cyber Threats?
Mar 11,2020
If your organization experienced a data breach that cost well over six figures and shut down operations for several months, could you survive? Would you lose customers and employees? Businesses must assess their cyber risks and make sure they have the proper systems in place to prevent and respond to cyberattacks. At an event hosted by Smith & Howard in February and headlined by former Governor Tom Ridge, the country’s first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, a large crowd gathered to listen to the Governor and other cybersecurity experts. One common point highlighted by them all was the need for ongoing employee education on cyber risks. “The greatest weakness in an organization’s defenses is its people,” said Governor Ridge. Governor Ridge went on to emphasize how businesses must provide their employees with education and training against phishing and other scams. Many cyberattacks happen when employees click on malicious...
South Carolina Insurance Data Security Act – Here’s What You Need To Know
May 16,2019
On May 3, 2018 South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed into law the South Carolina Insurance Data Security Act (“The Act”), which went into effect on January 1, 2019.  South Carolina is the first state in the nation to pass this important and timely legislation, which is modeled after the NAIC Insurance Data Security Model Law. The Act is set in place to establish standards for data security, standards for investigation and standards for communications to the South Carolina Department of Insurance and to the Licensee affected by a cybersecurity event. According to the South Carolina Department of Insurance, a cybersecurity event is an event resulting in unauthorized access to, disruption or misuse of, an information system or information stored within an information system. The law was put into place to protect the data that businesses are collecting and holding. Businesses affected by the Act must certify compliance with the...

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