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Information Security Standards and Certifications in Contracting

By W. Scott Blackmer on May 26, 2010

It often makes sense to refer to an information security management framework or standard in an outsourcing contract, but this is usually not very meaningful unless the customer also understands what particular security measures the vendor will apply to protect the customer's data.

compliance, contract management, data protection, data security, information governance, information security, management, pia, privacy, privacy audit, privacy governance, privacy impact assessment, procurement, risk management, security governance, standards

Information Governance

By W. Scott Blackmer on May 06, 2010

Security governance is often well established in large organizations, but privacy governance typically lags. It is time for a broader approach to "information governance" that focusses on the kinds of sensitive data handled by the enterprise and establishes policies to assure compliance and effective risk management, as well as better customer, employee, government, and business relations.

agreements, breach notice, certification, compliance, confidentiality, contracts, incident response, indemnification, information security, insurance, liability, risk management, standards

Information Security Clauses and Certifications - Part 1

By W. Scott Blackmer on January 17, 2010

Service contracts that involve protected personal information should include provisions allocating responsibility for protecting that information and responding to security breaches. Increasingly, this means incorporating specific references to applicable laws and information security standards, and often certifications of conformance.

Confidentiality agreements, intellectual property, NDA, nondisclosure agreements, standards, trade secrets, uniform trade secrets act, UTSA

NDAs: Worth the Effort?

By W. Scott Blackmer on November 16, 2009

In business or technical discussions with potential investors, customers, suppliers, licensors, franchisees, or joint venture partners, it is often very difficult to determine how much needs to be disclosed and exactly who "owns" which information and ideas. Were the parties just brainstorming? Did they independently develop a similar approach to a problem? Litigation over NDAs can be costly, public, and ultimately unsatisfactory to the party claiming a breach, especially if it is hard to prove the intended scope of the agreement and the actual source of information. When is it worthwhile using NDAs, and how can they be made more effective?