Client Information Security Helping Organizations Protect Private Client Data

11Jun/100

RoboForm

One of the more difficult things in an agency is managing all of the users IDs and passwords required by various insurance companies. When you have a different user ID and password for each carrier, banking, news, airline and entertainment Web site you visit, it’s easy to forget the magic words.

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6Jan/100

Anderson Issues Report Protecting Agencies from Data Breaches

Client Data Security

Client Data Security

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 6, 2010)—“Information is the most radioactive element in today’s businesses,” says Steve Anderson of The Anderson Agency Report in his most recent business guide for independent insurance agencies, called Client Information Security.

Anderson’s report highlights that more than 88% of client data breach cases last year involved employee negligence and that 84% of cases involved organizations with more than one incident. The average, total, per-incident cost of a breach was nearly $6.7 million, including civil and regulatory penalties, administrative expenses and legal defense costs.

Insurance agencies of all sizes are treasure troves of personal client data, and they need to establish effective protective barriers and appropriate responses in case there is a breach. Client Information Security provides agency leaders with the information they need to identify and prioritize their vulnerabilities.

The report provides a walk through the agency’s “weak links,” including employee malpractices and negligence, theft of equipment, and external attacks, such as hacking. It aids the agency in categorizing what data to protect and gives more than 20 detailed steps on how to get a data-breach security plan up and running. Anderson provides a convenient, at-a-glance method for classifying risks and incidents in a graphic depiction that can be used to track, analyze and document compliance with a security plan.

Anderson gives insights into surprising areas of vulnerability, such as the problem of “reverse shredding” of documents, and how to foil hardcopy data thieves. He also goes into substantial detail on dealing with an incident from original, internal discovery to notification of authorities, gathering of evidence, damage control and corrective action.

Client Information Security goes beyond treatment of personal data, addressing corporate data held at agencies as well. It not only helps the agency with its data but makes agency members smarter about risk management and insurance resources for their own clients. Security breach laws are covered in their own section, and a state-by-state summary and “further resources” section round out the comprehensive report. To find out more or order a copy, visit http://www.ClientInformationSecurity.com/.

The report can be purchased at www.ClientDataSecurity.com.

About Anderson: Based in Nashville, Tenn., Steve Anderson (www.SteveAnderson.com) is one of the insurance industry’s top consultants and speakers. He delivers keynote addresses, lectures, seminars and conference programs, in addition to individual agency consultations, helping clients maximize productivity and profits by smart use of technology. He is executive editor of The Anderson Agency Report (TAAR), a monthly newsletter dedicated to providing independent agents with the technology information they need to more effectively manage and grow their agencies. In addition to being a licensed independent agent for more than 30 years, Steve has a master’s in Insurance Law.

11Dec/090

Protect Your Organization from the Consequences of a Data Security Breach

Trust me: you don't want your agency to be the victim of a hacker, or a thief that steals your private client information. The consequences of not properly protecting your client's private information are difficult at best and at worst could be catastrophic to your organization.

Here's just one example, in one state. On September 22, 2009, an insurance agency in Oregon was fined $11,000 by the State of Oregon Insurance Division for not properly disposing of private client data.

In How to Protect Your Agency from the Consequences of a Client Information Security Breach, I share the foundational information and specific steps you need to know in order to protect your agency. I show you exactly what it takes — step by step — to make sure you properly protect your client information.

Specifically, I reveal how to:

  • Understand exactly what will happen if client data is compromised in your agency. Determine what data needs protection.
  • Use the C-I-A criteria to classify information based on its confidentiality value.
  • Create a data security plan.
  • Take the 7 simple but essential steps to protect client data.
  • Create scaled-down information storage so you only keep what you really need.
  • Complete an information risk assessment to find out where your agency stands.
  • Formulate policies and procedures that can be relied upon immediately if a breach should occur.
  • Take the appropriate but often overlooked steps to physically secure your premises.
  • Properly dispose of sensitive data after your need to use it expires.
  • Conform to the reporting requirements mandated by state law if a data breach occurs.
  • Evaluate the responsibility of third-party providers who use private client information.
  • Examine insurance policies to determine what is covered and what is not covered in the event of a data security breach (in this case, not knowing could be your greatest nightmare).

In addition, How to Protect Your Agency from the Consequences of a Client Information Security Breach contains an executive summary of the 45 state laws along with a link to the actual state statute. A separate section contains application and sample policy information from many of the insurance companies that currently provide an insurance policy that provides coverage for a client data security breach. These two sections alone will save you hours of time spent researching these details.

Some colleagues suggested that I should charge $400-500 for How to Protect Your Agency from the Consequences of a Client Information Security Breach — not based on the page count (even though it is over 80 pages long) — but on the specialized information it contains and how much time and money it will save your agency in setting up an effective Client Data Security Program. "It's a minuscule investment," they argued, "compared to the results it produces."

However, I decided to offer this one of a kind special report for just $199. I may raise the price later, but for right now, I would rather make this timely and critical information available to as many agencies as possible at an affordable price.

My Money-Back Guarantee: If you don't find How to Protect Your Agency from the Consequences of a Data Security Breach helpful and worth every penny you paid for it, I will promptly refund your money. No questions asked.

Could you find similar information for free on the Internet? Yes, possibly. You could likely distill it from multiple sources on the topic after spending innumerable hours researching for trustworthy information. But why wade through all of that? What's your time worth? I have already done the heavy lifting for you. Your time is better spent doing those things that only you can provide for your agency.

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