NSK Inc, a leader in IT consulting for small to medium businesses, was contacted by Ziner & Murphy regarding their data storage needs. Ziner & Murphy, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firm in Stoneham, MA approached NSK about the new state regulations regarding data privacy. NSK Inc. was hired to perform a Massachusetts Personal Information Compliance Assessment (MPICA).
Changes in Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.) Chapter 93H, with new regulations 201 CMR 17.00, now require companies that own, license, store, and/or maintain personal information about a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to establish minimum standards in guarding the data in both paper and digital records. MPICA is designed to scan a company’s server and system components, locate where personal information is stored, and check to see if the current systems settings are in compliance with the new regulations.
According to David Murphy, the firm learned of the new regulations through the Massachusetts Society of CPAs, and subsequently contacted NSK Inc. “We had worked with NSK in the past, and knew that they are a very knowledgeable and professional firm.” NSK Inc, already prepared for the new regulations, dispatched a technician to perform the compliance risk assessment for the CPA firm.
An NSK Inc technician installs the MPICA software on a company’s server as well as any desktops or laptops used by office personnel. The software locates where personal information is stored and analyzes whether or not the data is protected according to government standards. MPICA checks password strength and change frequency, current antivirus protection, firewall settings, e-mail and ftp settings, and if the client’s computer systems are updating new releases on a regular basis. NSK Inc can then offer solutions to fix any vulnerabilities and data security leaks found in the system.
Murphy says that being a CPA firm “Our relationship with our clients is based on trust.” Having the MPICA performed, and the system upgraded “We have enhanced this trust with our clients.”
For more information about MPICA, please visit http://www.nskinc.com/it-services/201cmr17-compliance-service-mpica/.
About NSK Inc.
NSK Inc is a leader in information technology consulting, with a focus on IT management for SMB companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA with an additional office in Palo Alto, CA, the company offers a wide array of IT services for business driven information challenges. They provide service and support for small and medium-sized businesses and groups working within large organizations. NSK Inc also creates custom software products for investment banks, equity management organizations, and other specialized industry areas. For more information, please visit www.nskinc.com.
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