Safe Side Compliance Wins with 201 CMR 17.00

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Emerging Massachusetts-based Company continues to attract customers with their holistic security methodology and Massachusetts Data Protection Program

...only Safe Side could provide us with an accurate understanding and complete solution to fulfill the requirements of the 201 CMR 17.00.

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Safe Side Compliance continues to dominate the Massachusetts 201 CMR 17.00 market space by getting companies compliant prior to the March 1, 2010 deadline. “There are a lot of business owners looking to comply with the Massachusetts regulation at a price point that is in line with the size of their company. Safe Side Compliance is able to meet this demand through the use of our technology, scalable digital framework, and online training program,” said Anthony M. Nogueira Safe Side’s President and CEO.

With the need to comply with the 201 CMR 17.00 regulation, companies from diverse businesses operations who are dealing with personal information (PI), which includes employee data, are looking to Safe Side Compliance to help them meet their regulatory requirements.

“In today’s world with all the cyber theft and identity fraud going on, we want to be compliant not only to be in line with the new law but because it’s the right thing to do. At U-Haul we aren’t just looking at this from a financial or legal responsibility, but also a moral responsibility to our customers who would suffer most in the event of an identity breach,” said Jeff Vito, Chief Operation Officers for Revere U-Haul, a family owned business for over three generations.

The series of alarming data breaches from TJX, Hannaford Bros., Countrywide, and Bank of New York placed hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts consumers at risk of identity theft. These incidents prompted Massachusetts state regulators to release the 201 CMR 17.00 requiring businesses to better safeguard their employees’ and consumers' personal information. “Whether it’s a small amount of employee paperwork, or a large amount of consumer information kept on an electronic database, each requires its own appropriate level of security and protection,” said Barbara Anthony, Massachusetts Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

Pilgrim Parking is one of the largest, privately held parking companies in New England. Based in Boston for nearly forty years, they manage, lease and own some of the newest and largest parking facilities in the region (i.e., Massachusetts Port Authority, Bayside Expo Center, Hynes Auditorium, Sovereign Bank, Westin, Hyatt, and the Royal Sonesta to name but a few). “We have a pretty extensive infrastructure at Pilgrim Parking and already comply with PCI standards,” said Mark Braconnier, Chief Operating Officer for Pilgrim. “When our customers and attorneys approached us in regards to 201 CMR 17.00 we realized that the Massachusetts law clearly had requirements outside of PCI standards. We had a number of discussions with security, compliance and technologies companies but only Safe Side Compliance could provide us with an accurate understanding and complete solution to fulfill the requirements of the 201 CMR 17.00. They associated the technologies required for our business size and operations, developed our Written Information Security Program (WISP) with the supporting digital framework and provided our staff security awareness training.”

Sentry Auto Group operates three dealerships in Boston, Medford and Shrewsbury, representing Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Mazda. With sales exceeding $70 Million Dollars and over 200 employees, Sentry Auto Group currently adheres to a wide array of regulatory standards. “201 CMR 17.00 is different for us in many ways,” said Anthony Capone, Vice President and Controller. “While we currently have security, compliance, and best practices in place, we have engaged with Safe Side Compliance for a full assessment and implementation of their digital framework with emphasis on the movement of non-digital data, employee training and third-party validation.”    

For those looking for a better understanding of the requirements for compliance with the Massachusetts 201 CMR 17.00 regulation, Safe Side Compliance will be holding a summit on February 24. Speakers include Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Anthony Nogueira, CEO of Safe Side Compliance and a team of compliance specialist. To register for this event Click Here or for additional information on how Safe Side Compliance can help your business meet its regulatory requirements visit them at http://www.SafeSideCompliance.com.

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