Workplace Privacy & Security as a Business Strategic Advantage

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In conjunction to preparation for the "Red flag" rule which becomes effective November 1, 2008, the forum will include an interactive best practices workshop and an anonymous electronic polling tool with further emphasis on third party vulnerabilities, and recently amended breach notification laws.

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Chapman University College Extension Education and SmallbizPrivacy Group announced they have invited top Orange County company Presidents and CEO's to a forum entitled "Workplace Privacy & Security as a business strategic advantage," that will occur Monday, October 27, 2008. The timing of the event, which will feature speakers from the US Department of Homeland Security and the District Attorney's Office of Orange County, coincides with the Federal Trade Commission requirements for employers to minimize the risk of workplace identity theft by; safeguarding information, preventing and reporting data breaches, and assisting identity theft victims. In conjunction to preparation for the "Red flag" rule which becomes effective November 1, 2008, the forum will include an interactive best practices workshop and an anonymous electronic polling tool with further emphasis on third party vulnerabilities, and recently amended breach notification laws.

The forum organizers took the better part of a year identifying companies that will be in attendance to hear best practices and be part of the development of a Workplace Privacy Certificate Program scheduled to launch Mid-January 2009 at the university. The Program will include a PR and marketing module to help promote what organizers call a culture of privacy and security as a strategic business advantage.

Forum organizers believe that the climate of transparency desired in commercial activities, and focus on infrastructure spending as a solution, also runs the potential hazard of opening, employees, customers, suppliers, and vendors of hard goods as well as professional services to identity fraud and theft. Which is why organizers will be sharing how companies can reduces risks by focusing on improved communications and policies.

The forum will mix presentations with attendee participation, focused on what helps to constitute sound policy and strategy to protect customer and employee privacy. One goal of the forum is to present useful common information, and another is allowing executive's opportunity to explain their own programs--what works, what needs improvement, and discuss the best way for companies to collaborate on creating a culture of privacy & security in the workplace.

In addition to contributions by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Orange County District Attorney's office, the forum sponsors include Goodwill of Orange County, Colony West Financial Services, SmallbizPrivacy Group and Heartland Payroll Services. The organizers went after companies with experience in not so common risk areas and vulnerabilities which will be covered in the forum to make the free program as valuable to employers as possible.

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Seating is limited and intended for employers only.

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