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July 11, 2014

SMBs Are Not Exempt from Data Privacy Practices

I follow quite a few small to midsize business (SMB) accounts on Twitter, and noticed that many this week had joined a chat about data privacy for small business (#chatDPD). The topics ranged from the Internet of Things (IoT) to what SMBs know about data privacy.

One tweet in particular caught my eye. It was from AT&T Small Business (@ATTSmallBiz) and it said “Security & privacy must work together, but privacy includes how data is used by your biz and vendors.”It struck a chord with me because I recall a recent event where AT&T found that a breach in its data systems was caused by a vendor whose employee accessed accounts “without authorization.” Of course, I’m sure the person Tweeting was aware of the instance, but their tips and views on the privacy chat definitely hold true for both large enterprises and SMBs.

One other thing @ATTSmallBiz pointed out was how SMBs may have policies to guard against cybersecurity issues, but they may not be as detailed or strong as they should be. Also, small businesses may not have IT staff to reinforce such policies. @ATTSmallBiz said:

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/smb-tech/smbs-are-not-exempt-from-data-privacy-practices.html