The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will kick off “Start With Security,” an initiative that will promote good data security practices to businesses so they can better protect consumer information, with a conference in San Francisco on Sept. 9.
The program will share lessons from the 54 data security cases the FTC has brought over the past few years, Jessica Rich, director of the commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a release. “Although we bring cases when businesses put data at risk, we'd much rather help companies avoid problems in the first place.”
The kickoff event, hosted and cosponsored by the University of California Hastings College of the Law, is the first in a series targeting small- and medium-sized businesses. The second will be held by co-sponsor University of Texas Robert C. Strauss Center for International Security and Law in Austin on Nov. 5.