Utimaco launches compliance and regulation portal to help companies meet state data protection mandates

March 31, 2009 Sophos Press Release

Utimaco - The Data Security Company, today launched its Compliance and Regulation Portal, a website that will provide U.S. companies with the latest news and information on state and federal data protection mandates and related compliance issues. The site contains a state-by-state listing of all data security regulations, details on federal data protection legislation, current compliance news from top media outlets and best practices for developing a robust security strategy drawn from Utimaco's work with customers across the vertical spectrum. To access the site, visit http://compliance.utimaco.com/na.

There are currently 44 states that have data breach notification legislation in place, which typically requires companies to inform officials and affected parties of any breach. These laws have been in place in most states for several years, but as the threat landscape continues to evolve and data breaches occur more frequently, many lawmakers have passed increasingly stringent rules. Specifically, encryption technology-known for its reliability and relative affordability-is becoming the de facto data security requirement in many states, including Nevada and Massachusetts.

As new laws are passed and go into effect across the nation, Utimaco's Compliance and Regulation Portal will be a key destination for the latest information that security managers and senior executives need to safeguard their companies. Visitors may access the information at no cost on the site, sign up for email updates when information is added, or receive content through an RSS feed or via Twitter at @Utimaco. Visitors are also invited to interact with one another and Utimaco experts by posting comments, asking questions and providing feedback on content. In the coming months, Utimaco also plans to launch a Euro compliance portal, focused on legislation and other compliance concerns across Europe.

"Compliance remains a major challenge for businesses of all sizes," said Cynthia Curtis, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Utimaco. "Deploying and managing an encryption solution is actually the easiest part of the compliance process. What companies really struggle with is understanding how a new mandate impacts them and what actions they must take. Our goal is to improve the process by providing easily accessible help and offering proven best practices for developing a robust compliance strategy."

Utimaco's Compliance and Regulation Portal is part of a series of educational initiatives the company has undertaken in recent months to help companies better understand and prepare for new data security legislation mandating the protection of customer data. Utimaco also partnered with Sophos, a world leader in IT security, and Pertius Partners, a top IT security consultancy, to host "The Business Impact of Data Security Regulations" events across Massachusetts on March 24-25. The events were attended by over 50 CIOs and IT managers from across the state, including representatives from various state agencies, town offices, higher education instutites, hospitals and healthcare organizations, and banks, as well as some of the state's most recognized brand names.