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Application security campaign for consumer data protection.

Application Security : 11 October, 2007  (Company News)
Partnership with Cyber Security Industry Association to drive data security awareness and campaign for tighter data security legislation.
Application Security, has announced an initiative with the Cyber Security Industry Association (CSIA) to bring data security to the forefront of legislative action. In partnership with the CSIA, Application Security, Inc. is participating in a grassroots campaign to drive data security legislation that establishes a national standard for the protection of sensitive information and for data breach notification. Notably, these efforts are underway in October, recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

"We feel a tremendous responsibility to improve data security," said Toby Weiss, president and CEO, Application Security, Inc. "Partnering with the CSIA is a powerful way we can make data security a priority, not only in Washington, but with enterprises in general. It's a concern that will remain critical to the vitality of our national economy."

As the market leader for database security solutions, Application Security, Inc. is working with the CSIA and local congressional offices throughout New York and Massachusetts to promote better data security standards nationally.

"Data breaches continue to occur at every kind of organization - schools, government agencies, health care providers, small businesses and large retail stores. It is time for Congress to act," said CSIA President Tim Bennett. "The continuing absence of a national data security law leaves consumers vulnerable to identity theft and threatens the security of personal data."

Strengthening the security of data and notifying consumers when breaches occur has bipartisan support in Congress. Several bipartisan bills currently under consideration would provide a realistic and effective legal framework for organizations of all sizes. Some 40 states have varying requirements covering data security and breach notification, but the vast majority of these laws only address the problem after personal data has been compromised. A unified national standard would not only improve consumer protection, but do so at a lower cost by eliminating today's cumbersome patchwork of inconsistent requirements.
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