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Play It Safe

Protect your business information when you subcontract.

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This story appears in the May 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Like any entrepreneur, you probably deal with freelancers and vendors who, depending on their roles, float around the edges of your company or work at the very heart of it.

Keep in mind, however, that these third parties present security issues that could really hurt your company, ranging from security lapses to data theft or misuse. "In today's world, a small-business owner has to have the same concerns as a Fortune 500 company," says Philip Gordon, national chair of Littler Mendelson's privacy and data protection group in Denver. Here are a few tips for handling contractor security issues.

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