A Written Information Security Program (WISP) is a document that details an organization’s security controls, processes, and policies. A WISP is a roadmap for an organization’s IT security and is legally required by several states.
Data security laws are in place to ensure that businesses that own, license, or maintain personal information about residents implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices.
A Written Information Security Program is designed to provide your organization with solid security procedures that not only reduce your chance of a breach but also limit your liability if one were to occur.
Massachusetts has one of the strictest data security laws in the country. Even if you are not from Massachusetts, if you do business with Massachusetts residents, then you are legally obligated to have a Written Information Security Program.
aNetworks produces WISPs for several other compliance requirements and state data security laws. We do the heavy-lifting for you to make sure all of your policies and procedures align with the compliance regulations you must follow. All you need to do is upload your logo and select a WISP.
Selecting our pre-made WISP which we customize for your business saves you time and money. In most cases, writing a WISP that completely covers you in an audit requires you to hire an outside expert or consultant who usually charges 180+ hours to write it all to fit your business. Check out our selection of pre-made, customizable WISPs that we make to cater to the unique needs of your business.
Massachusetts data security regulations that went into effect in 2010 require every company that owns or licenses PII about Massachusetts residents to develop, implement, and maintain a Written Information Security Program.
Despite the requirement, many companies, even those located in Massachusetts, have not done so.
In fact, in most cases, businesses only learn about the Massachusetts WISP requirement after they have been involved in a breach.
However, in 2019 Massachusetts amended its data breach notification law. Specifically, Mass law now requires organizations involved in a data breach to notify the Massachusetts Attorney General to confirm whether the organization implemented a WISP.
As a result, businesses now face stricter consequences for failure to implement a WISP. Specifically, failure to implement a WISP could result in increased fines and penalties.
If you are looking for a Written Information Security Program Template in order to get the ball rolling towards meeting compliance requirements, then please download our free template below.
Specifically, our Massachusetts WISP template sample covers the following WISP Framework:
To download our WISP template sample, please fill out the form.