Data Privacy & Your Business

In 2021, 63% of businesses reported a data breach – small businesses included. The impact is costly, averaging from $120,000 to $1.2 million. Learn how to approach your business data security, reduce human error, and close the door on hackers in this webinar.

Vermont Law School Professor Jeannette Eicks and Sergio Alvares, Business Advisor from Vermont Small Business Development Center walk you through the steps of identifying what data you need to protect, how to safely handle customer data, and what to do if and when someone steals your customers’ data.

Watch/listen as our speakers explain how to design data privacy into your business, rather than an afterthought and review key principles to data security:

  • Take stock- inventory data, access, and systems
  • Lock it- measures to protect digital and physical files and equipment, and limit access
  • Pitch it- properly dispose of what you don’t need
  • Plan ahead to respond to incidents

This session also includes:

  • How data is accessed through email, phone, text, software
  • What is personal information according to Vermont law and federal law
  • What laws also apply to your business, for example customers in other states and countries and businesses working with health information
  • When is failure to protect data considered an unfair and deceptive business practice
  • How to know when a breach happens and what to do next

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This event is part of the Community Navigator Pilot Program with the Vermont Small Business Development Center and nine Vermont non-profit organizations and funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn more at

This program is funded (in part) through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Funding [in part] through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration