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Meeting and Exceeding the FTC Safeguards Rule

The FTC Safeguards Rule is a series of cybersecurity standards to help organizations manage consumer information with care and diligence. Promoting robust data protection practices, these standards compel companies to assess, maintain, and improve their information security protocols – advocating a solid and strategic approach to customer data protection and monitoring.

Supporting the Core Requirements of the FTC Safeguards Rule

  • Risk assessment: Gain clear visibility to track and manage an organization’s risk level across systems, applications, assets, and data. Insight everywhere, from cloud clusters to the data center 
  • Manage service providers: Easily control devices and permissions, limiting access to customer data with zero-trust best practices and cross-environment microsegmentation
  • Monitor effectiveness: Real-time continuous surveillance and analytics to track adherence to prescribed security protocols, ensuring consumer data is constantly protected.
  • Promoting improvement: Analytics and reporting to identify areas for betterment and update security measures to more effectively protect consumer information 
  • Protect critical infrastructure: Implement real-time file integrity monitoring to detect and prevent unauthorized alterations to key configuration and log files 
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FTC customer data defense best practices

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Securely configure assets 

Minimize attack surface by reinforcing workloads and maintaining their integrity through ongoing configuration drift and permission creep detection, even in hybrid environments

Ransomware mitigation

Stop ransomware by overseeing entitlements and regulating internal traffic to thwart the spread through service account protection and microsegmentation

Zero-day protection

Real-time and immediate reactions to zero-day exploits. Seeing the unforeseeable, with swift and actionable security team notifications to prevent escalation of attacks

Halt east-west movement

Be sure they’re going nowhere. Stop the lateral movement of any compromise. Oversee service account behavior and regulate internal traffic to protect against attack techniques

Security posture insights

Comprehensive application intelligence for quickly assessing critical security challenges. Real-time visibility of workload security, account activity, and the application stack


The FTC Safeguards Rule is a regulation enacted by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that requires financial institutions to implement a comprehensive information security program to protect the confidentiality and integrity of customer information. 
The rule is part of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and applies to organizations that handle consumer financial data. It mandates these institutions to develop, implement, and maintain a set of administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect customer information from cybersecurity threats and unauthorized access. 

The FTC Safeguards Rule applies to a wide range of financial institutions operating in the United States. This includes not just traditional banks and credit unions, but also companies engaged in activities like lending, brokering or servicing loans, financial or investment advising, providing tax preparation services, and conducting appraisals or real estate settlements.  
Essentially, it covers any business significantly engaged in providing financial products or services to consumers, which involves the handling of sensitive customer information. 

The goal of the FTC Safeguards Rule is to ensure that financial institutions in the United States effectively protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customer information. It aims to minimize the risk of data breaches and unauthorized access to personal and financial data.  
By requiring these institutions to implement comprehensive information security programs, the rule seeks to safeguard consumer privacy and financial data against the growing threats of cyberattacks, identity theft, and fraud, thereby enhancing consumer trust in the financial services industry. 


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TrueFort Advisor and Venture Partner - West Coast at Canaan, Bob Williams

Bob Williams

Advisor | Venture Partner - West Coast, Canaan
Maha Ibrahim, Canaan

Maha Ibrahim

Observer | General Partner - West Coast, Canaan
TrueFort CFO Eileen Spellman

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Managing Director Emerald Development Ptrs. And TrueFort Board Member, Charles Collins

Charles Collins

Observer - Mng. Director, Emerald Development Ptrs.
TrueFort CMO Matt Hathaway

Matt Hathaway


Matt Hathaway serves as TrueFort’s Chief Marketing Officer, leading the global marketing strategy to get TrueFort the recognition it deserves. Matt has extensive knowledge of security users, buyers, and landscape, as well as a track record of building high-performing marketing and product teams. He has over 15 years’ experience in the security market that span fraud prevention, vulnerability management, SIEM, cloud workload protection, data security, endpoint protection, and application security.

Prior to joining TrueFort, Mr. Hathaway was VP of Product Marketing at Imperva, a leader in Application and Data Security, where he led Product, Content, and Technical Marketing, SEO, and Competitive Intelligence. He was also VP of Product Marketing at Carbon Black (acquired by VMware), served in multiple product and marketing roles at Rapid7 (including through its IPO), and held product roles at RSA Security and Uptycs.

TrueFort Board Member and Principal & Founder of Bess Ventures & Adv., Lane Bess

Lane Bess

Member - Principal & Founder, Bess Ventures & Adv.
TrueFort Advisor and Chief Information Officer at Intel Corporation, Motti Finkelstein

Motti Finkelstein

Advisor - Chief Information Officer, Intel Corporation
TrueFort Advisor and Founder & President of Security Risk Solutions, Steve Katz

Steve Katz

Advisor - Founder & President, Security Risk Solutions
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