Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: Not Just a Big Company Problem

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Recorded On: 04/29/2021

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Cybersecurity issues have become a daily struggle for businesses big and small. The latest statistics on cybersecurity issues reveal a huge increase in hacked and breached data from sources that are increasingly common in the workplace, like mobile devices and social media. On top of this, the Covid-19 pandemic has created new remote workforces, opening up new entry opportunities for cyber attackers. How do you protect the data of your company and your employees? What insurance should you have? What state and federal laws do you need to be aware of? And how do you protect your information when dealing with vendors? Hear from and query an expert panel that will answer these questions and many more about how to keep your business safe.

Presenters: Threase A. Baker, TSC, CSP, president, Abbtech Professional Resources; Maureen Dry-Wasson, Esq, vice president, group general counsel, and global privacy officer, Allegis Group; Michael Jones, Esq., chief privacy officer, Randstad USA; and Robert Thompson, president, World Wide Specialty Programs Inc.

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Threase Baker, TSC, CSP


Abbtech Professional Resources

Baker is president and an owner of Abbtech Professional Resources Inc. Based in Washington, DC, the company supports both the government and private sectors by providing information technology, engineering, and office–clerical staffing services, as well as personal identity verification. Baker has more than 20 years of staffing industry experience. She is past president of the Capital Area Staffing Association.

Robert Thompson


World Wide Specialty Programs

Thompson is a president at World Wide Specialty Programs with 22 years of staffing industry experience. He started as a principal in a firm focused on market research and analysis of the staffing industry, and World Wide and American International Group were two of his many insurance clients. Thompson sold his company in 2007 and joined World Wide to run its new business, broker development, and workers’ compensation divisions. He is a skilled manager with experience in marketing, research, analysis, sales, customer and broker relations, underwriting, loss control, and co-authoring a staffing industry risk management manual. Thompson is from New York and has four grown children.

Michael Jones, Esq.

Chief Privacy Officer

Randstad USA

Jones is a privacy lawyer with more than a decade of in-house experience. He joined Randstad North America Inc. as its first chief privacy officer in 2017, managing privacy and data security compliance and strategy across Randstad’s brands—including Randstad’s staffing and HR services, job board, and outplacement service RiseSmart. In his adventures in data, he has dealt with criminal hackers, demanding marketers, inquisitive regulators, and unhappy candidates.

Maureen Dry-Wasson, Esq

Vice president—group general counsel and global privacy officer

Allegis Group

Dry-Wasson is senior in-house counsel and a trusted advisor to corporate executives on complex business issues, with experience in both the manufacturing and service industries. She is an energetic leader who thrives in a fast-paced environment, with a drive for execution and results while achieving desired business outcomes. Dry-Wasson has broad experience providing counsel on a wide range of substantive areas of the law, including employment, privacy, employee benefits/ERISA, contracts drafting and negotiation, litigation management, corporate, and mergers and acquisitions. She established the Allegis Group Global Privacy Office and provides leadership for compliance with privacy regulations worldwide across multiple, unique operating businesses.


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