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In-Person 2021 Annual Conference Planned for March

Many members have wondered if the association will be hosting an in-person conference this coming spring. The answer is yes! i-SIGMA is moving forward with plans for an in-person event as usual at this point, understanding that things may need to change should data points not continue to improve regarding COVID-19. The Board of Directors, […]

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Board Approves New & Revised Committee Guidelines

During a strategic planning session of the Board of Directors earlier in 2020, the then Board Presidents, Angie Singer Keating and Christopher Jones, had requested an audit of the association committees to determine which would be kept and which may need to be retired. During the assessment that followed it was found that while some […]

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Market Recovery: Why Vertical Marketing Segments May Not Matter

I was recently asked if there was any information on how certain categories of business… say financial … might be generating more business for i-SIGMA members than another during the shutdown. The answer was no, since the questioner was really interested in knowing if there were surveys or studies on the matter. On the other […]

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Board Approves Annual Budget

The i-SIGMA Board of Directors has approved a $2.2 million operating budget for the association’s 2020/21 fiscal year. According to i-SIGMA President Pat DeVries, the present economy required the board to anticipate many unknowns. “After decades of steady growth and solid financial performance,” said DeVries, “we had to trim both revenue and expense expectations. Financial […]

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i-SIGMA Members Agree: Not as Bad as First Feared but Not Over Quickly Either

The results of the fifth Member Sentiment Survey reflect the reality that first appeared last month. As readers will remember, when the lockdown orders first appeared around the world, most service providers felt the impact on revenues would be devastating, while thinking (perhaps wishfully) at the same time that it would only last a few […]

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i-SIGMA Reacting to Regulatory Issues Heating Up in Canada

There is a lot happening on the regulatory front in Canada right now. In June, Quebec’s Bill 64 proposed dramatic data protection and privacy rights along the lines of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Then, in July, British Columbia announced a formal review of the […]

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Board Approves Measure to Add Committee Member Representatives

Yesterday, the Board of Directors met and approved measures to increase the amount of member representatives stipulated for two committees to better ensure a quorum at future meetings. Both the Certification Review Board (CRB) and the Complaint Resolution Council (CRC) at times have been unable to form the necessary quorum to conduct meetings, resulting in […]

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Comments are In: New Certification Specifications Ready for Rollout

For the past month, i-SIGMA has sought industry feedback on several proposed modifications to NAID AAA and PRISM Privacy+ Certification requirements. “It was reassuring to learn members understood why the proposed modifications were necessary,” said i-SIGMA CEO Bob Johnson. “I think the team did a great job of making the case. There was no push […]

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Preventing Data Breaches & Vendor Selection Due Diligence

As many are now aware, Morgan Stanley recently issued a data breach notification, after learning that IT assets disposed of four years ago may not have been properly wiped clean by the vendor they hired to do so at that time. But how did Morgan Stanley end up in this position in the first place? […]

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The Morgan Stanley Breach Notification: Lessons for Every Electronics Recycling Customer

First, I would like to commend Morgan Stanley. They somehow learned IT assets disposed of four years ago may not have been properly wiped by the vendor they hired to do so at that time. That is not commendable. They should have been more careful. What is commendable, however, is the fact that upon learning […]

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