Handling Sensitive Customer Data is a “Double Edged Sword”

Concern over data security has never been higher with a new, high profile “data hack” in the news every other day. Recently, Anthem Inc., the nation’s second largest health insurer, announced that hackers had gained access to approximately 80 million customer records.

There is significant legal and financial liability exposure to companies who inadvertently expose customer data to the public.   Yet, the ability to securely and professionally handle sensitive data such as Social Security numbers, medical information, and credit card data is a significant differentiator for companies in these markets.  Additionally, as the world continues to embrace digital printing and personalization, successful companies will need to demonstrate that they have the ability to manage data in a secure IT environment. 

That’s where the completion of an SSAE 16, SOC 2, or other information security audit process comes into play.  Like other audits, an informational security audit such as SSAE 16 or SOC 2 provides for an independent review and report on a company’s IT policies, process, and infrastructure.  Possession of the SSAE 16, SOC 2, PCI or other audit credentials and  logo on your website and marketing materials provides assurances to current and potential customers that your internal IT infrastructure, process, and policies conform to the latest industry standards.

Interested companies are invited to join a webinar on this topic that will take place on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm (EST).  Todd Stephenson, Vice President, KirkpatrickPrice, will discuss these multiple audit frameworks, and how they might support a printing firm’s client, regulatory, and strategic marketing plans.

Click here for further information or to register for this free webinar.  Questions?  Contact Print & Graphic Communications Association at (716) 691-3211.

Data Security Member Service: Save 20% on a wide array of data services and compliance assessments

Print & Graphic Communications Association is pleased to announce a new, member exclusive, support and savings program with KirkpatrickPrice, a Tampa, Florida, CPA firm that specializes in international security audits such as SSAE 16, SOC 2, FISMA, PCI and more.

PIA members will receive savings of 20% or more on a wide variety of audit services and compliance assessments utilizing the KirkpatrickPrice Online Audit Management tool.  This tool streamlines the audit process, storing important documentation while allowing companies to virtually interact with their individual auditor and significantly reduce travel expenses.

KirkpatrickPrice is a licensed CPA and PCI Qualified Security Assessor firm that is registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. They provide assurance services to over 300 clients, small and large, in more than 40 states, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  The firm has over 100 years of combined experience in information security by performing assessments, audits, and tests, which strengthen information security and compliance controls.  They most commonly provide advice on PCI, SSE 16, SOC 2, HIPPA, ISO 27001, FISMA, and CFPB frameworks.

Companies interested in finding out more about this new information security audit program can contact Tim Freeman at (716) 691-3211 or tim@printcommunications.org.



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