Is Your Small Business Prepared for a Data Breach Event? New ‘White Paper’ Explores Small Businesses ID Theft and Data Breach Trends

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Small Business ID Theft and Data Breach Whitepaper to be Released at the 2015 National Small Business Association Small Business Congress

Merchants Information Solutions, Inc. today announced from the 2015 National Small Business Association Small Business Congress the release of a new small business whitepaper titled “Small Business ID Theft and Data Breach”. This in-depth whitepaper outlines how small business executives need to safeguard their employee and customer information along with managing the cost and risk of a data breach event.

“We created this whitepaper to alert and educate small business owners on the heightened risk of data breach events, as studies are now showing 90% of all breaches occur at small businesses. While large data breach events continue to make headlines every day, the untold majority of breaches negatively impact the heart of our country; small to medium sized businesses” said Russ Johnson, President & CEO of Merchants.

In addition to the whitepaper’s release, Mark Pribish, Vice President & ID Theft Practice Leader at Merchants, will educate numerous small business executives on the danger of ignoring the risks of business Identity theft and data breach events, as well as the cyber risks and liability associated with it in a breakout session at this year’s conference Small Business Congress. Mark will also introduce Merchants small business data breach preparedness and response solution, SmartIDentity for Business™.

Specific topics addressed in the white paper and to be covered at the 2015 Small Business Congress include:

  •     Small Business ID Theft in the News
  •     Information Security Is More than Information Technology
  •     Regulatory and Compliance Drivers
  •     Managing the Risk and Cost of Small Business ID Theft and a Data Breach
  •     About SmartIDentity for Business™

“Whether it’s relating to technology and hackers, or an accidental release of sensitive information from an employee or vendor, no small business is safe from cyber-attacks, data breaches and ID Theft. We are glad to have Mark speak to our small business executives about these dangers and how they can prepare and mitigate the risks of a data breach event” said Rick Murray, President of the Arizona Small Business Association

About Merchants Information Solutions
Merchants Information Solutions, the exclusive provider of the Merchants Pre-employment Integrity Test which is proven to reduce worker compensation loss rates an average of 60%, is a national leader in background screening for employers and residential communities as well as a leader in ID Theft Restoration Affinity programs. Honored to have as company national spokespersons Jerry Colangelo and Harvey Mackay, Merchants was founded over a century ago and is dedicated to delivering world-class identity theft and background screening solutions. Merchants is the only NATIONAL SINGLESOURCE PROVIDER of all recognized background screening tools and services for employers and multi-housing communities.

About the National Small Business Association
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2012, NSBA continues to advocate on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. A staunchly nonpartisan organization, NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S. We are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization.

About the Arizona Small Business Association
The Mission of the Arizona Small Business Association is to be THE statewide resource for small business. Business owners join ASBA for the convenience and efficiency of our products and services, to engage and advocate for public policy that ignites small business growth, and to foster a positive economic direction for Arizona powered by entrepreneurism.

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