Regulations to Reduce Data Breaches

Contributed by David Mitchell

Over the past years there have been targeted data breaches that affected many large corporation and even the federal government. Target store and Office of Personnel Management OPM were two of the biggest data breaches of 2015. Some of these data breaches could have been identified or remediated if the corporation or government agency reported proper notification or conducted compliance audits as required by law. The Communication Act of 1934 and Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 are some of the regulations that protect this type of information. These regulations are due for an update by state and federal legislators to bring laws current with technology. Legislators are starting to show some focus on regulation or compliance for data breaches and cybercrimes after the data breach of Office of Personnel Management.

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