FTC advises start-ups to adopt cyber-security

September 11, 2015

Technology start-ups have been urged by a leading regulator that they must incorporate cyber-security defences into their products from day one, rather than leaving it until they are successful.

Even after publicly exposed attacks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned that many companies fall short when trying to protect their consumers.

The FTC has made cyber-security a priority and is pursuing more than 50 companies for “deceptive and unfair acts” that violate consumer privacy. Some companies dislike being pursued by the FTC for inadequate security when they feels attacks, such as the recent breach at the US Office of Personnel Management, show that the government also struggles to protect personal data.

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