Data protection best practices for financial firms

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A priority in good times, the current crisis in the financial industry has put data protection at the top of the list for financial firms as banks merge and hackers try to take advantage of a weakened industry. Successful data governance can help keep your financial company, customers and employees safe from harm and out of the headlines. We've assembled our list of the best advice we have on data protection from 2008.

Best practices for implementing a data disposal policy
Because of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, intentional document destruction is now a process that must be carefully monitored. But a "document" takes on many forms, from spreadsheets and emails to instant messages and Word files. In this expert Q&A, Michael Cobb clears up some of the confusion and reveals which best practices can boost an enterprise's data destruction policy.

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Banking on policy in next-generation firewall
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Data leak prevention: Controlling financial services threats
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This was first published in December 2008

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