IT Support For Kenosha, Racine and Lake Counties

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Protect Your Clients’ Data and Stay on the Right Side of the Law with IT Compliance in Kenosha, WI

Industry compliance standards and regulations. These are what govern the daily operations in your organization—everything from hardware to software, and network security to employee training. When you’re part of a compliance-focused industry, you have no choice. Follow the rules or face the consequences. Absolute Computer Systems’ IT compliance services in Kenosha, WI will give you everything you need to stay compliant with data security tools, policies on acceptable network use, and other security measures and controls to protect sensitive data, systems, and networks.

Keeping Business Operations Secure, and You Out of Trouble with our IT Compliance Audit

First order of business: You want your clients and employees to know their personal data is secure. It’s good for business. It’s called customer trust. And it’s the right thing to do.

But there’s more. If you work in an industry like healthcare, insurance, banking, law, financial services, or education—for starters—and if you choose not to abide by IT security compliance regulations, you could be in big trouble with the law.

In fact, the consequences of not following IT compliance security requirements can be severe, ranging from legal sanctions and criminal charges to financial penalties, reputational damage, and loss of consumer trust. There is a risk of data breaches, which can lead to direct economic losses from fines, litigation, remediation costs, and reputational damage. Want more? Noncompliance can lead to business operation disruptions, loss of company reputation, loss of customer confidence, and potential compliance-related legal action.

If that doesn’t make you sick to the stomach, then nothing will.
IT compliance regulations require that your network be continuously monitored so that customer data like credit card information, social security numbers, and sensitive health information is secure. It requires security practices that are documented and can be proven by a security team at a moment’s notice.

When Absolute Computer Systems is your IT compliance and cybersecurity partner, you’ll know you’re protected against data breaches—and that you’re smiled upon by the fed. Contact us to get started.

Put FTC Safeguards in Place with IT Security Compliance

If you fail to meet the compliance standards of the FTC, you may be subject to enforcement action such as a civil penalty or an injunction from engaging in certain business practices. The FTC may impose both civil penalties and equitable remedies such as restitution or consumer redress as a result of non-compliance with FTC regulations.

Are you concerned you’ve violated an industry data security standard put forth by the Federal Trade Commission? Consult with an attorney and be prepared to demonstrate how you have addressed the issue to reduce or eliminate any potential consequences.

And in the meantime, schedule a consultation with Absolute Computer Systems to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

If you’re in any of the following industries (or a related industry), chances are you’re subject to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) safeguard rules and regulations for consumer data protection:

  • Mortgage Lending
  • Payday Lending
  • Finance
  • Mortgage Brokering
  • Tax Preparation

  • Check Cashing
  • Wire Transfers
  • Collections
  • Credit Counseling & Other Financial Advising

  • Non-Federally Insured Credit Unions
  • Investment Advisors not Required to Register with the S.E.C.

What does that mean?

It means you must comply with the FTC safeguards rule checklist related to IT compliance, among others, at all times:

  • Monitor internal compliance with security policies and procedures.
  • Encode data in an acceptable format.
  • Encrypt data to ensure confidential information is kept secure during transit and storage.
  • Conduct periodic vulnerability assessments and penetration tests to identify weaknesses and potential security threats.
  • Implement security software, such as firewalls and antivirus protection, on all computers and servers.
  • Use strong passwords to protect access to sensitive data.
  • Provide necessary employee training and education to teach data security basics.
  • Take physical security measures such as locks and procedures for access control.
  • Log activities on network servers.
  • Integrate identity and access management systems.
  • Create a system to detect and/or respond to intrusions.
  • Develop a backup and retrieval plan in case of data loss or corruption.
  • Employ a thorough incident response plan to address any security breaches.

Stay in HIPAA Compliance with IT

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HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a U.S. federal law that establishes security and privacy standards for protecting medical information. It sets guidelines for the use and disclosure of personal information, including medical records and other protected health information. HIPAA also provides individuals with rights to control certain uses and disclosures of their protected health information.

That’s the fine print. In short, you’d better comply, or you’ll have to deal with the HHS (United States Department of Health and Human Services).

Here’s a HIPAA Compliance Checklist we have to follow:

  • Establish physical, network, and process security measures to protect patient data.
  • Ensure patient data is only used or disclosed for authorized purposes.
  • Have appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards in place to protect patient data.
  • Identify and authenticate the identity of users authorized to access patient data.
  • Provide patients with access to and/or copies of their health information as necessary.
  • Monitor and audit systems for unauthorized access, use, disclosure, or modification of patient data.
  • Ensure data integrity and confidentiality.
  • Disclose protected health information to third parties, such as contractors or business associates, in compliance with the Privacy Rule.
  • Provide employee training to ensure compliance with the Privacy and Security Rules.
  • Notify patients in the event of a data breach.
  • Provide appropriate sanctions for employees who violate the Privacy Rule.
  • Ensure that appropriate corrective actions are taken if violations are discovered.
  • Submit reports to the Department of Health and Human Services and state attorneys general as required.

This list is certainly not exhaustive, and federal agencies’ regulations can change. That’s why it helps to have a partner who’s equipped with the latest information—someone who has completed HIPAA compliance training and certification and knows how to implement procedures that cover IT compliance regulatory requirements as they relate to HIPAA.

Let’s start a conversation today—before it’s too late.

PCI Wants to Know if You’re Protecting Payment Card Data

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PCI stands for Payment Card Industry. It’s a card-industry, data-security standards body that develops and maintains security criteria for Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover to ensure the safety of cardholder data. PCI compliance is a requirement for any business that stores, processes, or transmits payment card data.

Here’s a PCI compliance checklist you’ll need to take in order to stay PCI-compliant:

  • Update and regularly patch your server’s operating system and other software.
  • Encrypt all customer data in transit and at rest.
  • Use only approved service providers to process credit card data.
  • Perform regular security checks, tests, and scans.
  • Install and maintain a firewall to protect customer data.
  • Maintain up-to-date inventories of hardware, software, and networks.
  • Use strong access control measures and multi-factor authentication.
  • Regularly train your employees in security awareness and best practices.
  • Enact strict security policies for all employees with access to customer data.
  • Develop, test, and implement data security incident response processes.
  • Monitor systems for unauthorized access.

Would the Payment Card Industry be happy with the way your business stores and protects data? In the event of a data breach, credit card information is some of the most valuable information a hacker can steal. Make sure you’re aware of the PCI compliance requirements to get the PCI compliance certification.

Let’s find out if the data you’re storing is protected with a consultation.

Clients Who Require IT Compliance Security—How Do They Feel About Our Services?

The Absolute Computer Systems team knows what it takes to remain IT compliant in specific industries and keep federal agencies off your tail with our IT compliance security solutions. Our clients know how it feels to have risk-managed procedures that protect data and help them sleep at night.

The best of all worlds, customer service, quality of work, and cost.

The Biggest / most significant benefit(s): Easily their Reliability. It is invaluable to our school district to have a partner we can count on to do quality work on time and within our budget. Their Top-notch customer service is not something we have experienced in the past, and ACS has provided that and more every time. If you could have the best of all worlds, customer service, quality of work, and cost, why wouldn’t you? We love and highly recommend Thomas Tassi and the ACS Team.

Charles Ongena, Director of Technology
Beach Park School District 3

Immediate professional support

I worked with Tom and Absolute Computer Systems for five years at the Racine Community Foundation; however the Absolute Computer Systems is servicing all computer needs at the Racine Community Foundation for many years. Tom is very knowledge, honest, professional and reliable, he responds to client needs within 0 – 30 minutes and sends the ACS’ staff immediately to resolve the problem. His services are high quality. He treats his clients with high respect and always is able to find resolution. Client satisfaction is number one priority for the Absolute Computer Systems. I would recommend the Absolute Computer Systems to all who needs fast and high quality computer service.

Edyta Odorowska-Duleba, Operations Finance Supervisor
AbbVie

An All-Around Awesome team

Kenosha Animal Hospital has been using ACS for a couple of years now. When we decided to go paperless about two years ago, we knew we needed computer specialists’ help. This was such a stressful time for us, as you can imagine. We knew we had made the right decision when Tom Tassi and his excellent ACS team arrived. The ACS team of experts was instrumental in helping us get everything we needed up and running to make this transition as smooth as possible. Plus, they made us laugh and were a fun group to have around, helping us to diffuse the anxiety due to all the changes. They are always there when we need them, and we understand how important it is for us to have minimal downtime. Our entire business depends on our computer system, and Tom and his very professional and efficient team ensure we always receive the absolute best customer service. We highly recommend them to any business, large or small, needing true IT professionals. Thank you, ACS!

Becky Carlisle, Office Manager
Kenosha Animal Hospital

You Have IT Security Compliance Questions. We Have Answers.

IT security compliance can feel like a dark and scary world with good guys, bad guys—and obligations to keep an eye on both.

We get a lot of questions in this area. We’re including some of them here so you can comply with IT compliance regulations, and we encourage you to contact us with any other questions you may have.

We’ll work with your operating system provider (even Microsoft, which can be a pain in the earlobes), L.O.B. software providers, internet service provider, phone service provider, email service provider, and more to ensure they’re following the same rules you have to. Why? Because if they are out of IT compliance, you could be on the hook right along with them.

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized Information Security Management System standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It outlines best practices for an organization’s information security management system, including risk management, control objectives, and controls and guidance for implementation. It provides a framework for an organization to take an approach to protecting its information assets and demonstrating its commitment to information security.

When you own a business and you’re transmitting someone’s personal data, there are several laws you should be acquainted with. The laws will vary depending on who or what information you are transmitting.

For example, does the information you have consist of data about students, patients, clients, military or government officials? Then you might be subject to IT compliance and suffer consequences if you don’t comply.

The following authorities set and monitor all compliance laws regarding information and data security:

  • HIPAA
  • FERPA
  • DOD
  • ECPA

In general, if you handle personally identifying information (PII), you need to take measures to protect that data (or bear the consequences if there’s a data breach). More specifically, these niches are subject to industry-specific regulations:

  • Insurance
  • Healthcare
  • Banking
  • Law
  • Wealth Management
  • Non-Profits

Every industry has its own set of compliance standards; however, generally speaking, these are the measures we’ll take to keep your data secure and keep your business compliant:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Security Monitoring
  • Penetration Testing
  • Vendor Management
  • Policy Documentation
  • Incident Response
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Business Continuity

IT compliance regulations can be complicated. That’s why it helps to have someone by your side to guide you through all the requirements and regulation changes for your industry.

We’re ready to listen to your concerns and help you understand all the security measures that you must have in place. Let’s protect your data (and your business) from hackers—and from the long arm of the law. It all starts with a no-cost consultation.