Are You Adequately Protecting Employee Data? Take A Look at the “Security Six”
September 13, 2019
The IRS and its Security Summit partners – a coalition of federal agencies and private industry – have a new checklist for professionals who use, manage and store sensitive taxpayer information.
With all the progress that’s been made in the past few years to reduce tax refund scams and identity theft, the criminals continue to find ways to steal information.
It makes sense for payroll and HR leaders to review security steps, since you constantly handle sensitive data – not only Social Security numbers and confidential salary information, but other personal data about your employees.
Here are the “Security Six” steps:
If you are not directly responsible for some of these items, please consider passing this information along to your IT team, security consultant or other stakeholders.
• IRS Security Summit homepage• Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data: A Guide For Your Business• Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals by the National Institute of Standards and Technology• Publication 5293, Data Security Resource Guide for Tax Professionals• Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance• Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts