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Can I skip having an information security program in place in California?

According to California law, a company cannot skip having an information security program in place. The information security program must be comprehensive and include administrative, technical, and physical safeguards appropriate to the size and complexity of the licensee and the nature and scope of its activities [1.1]. The objectives of the information security program are to ensure the security and confidentiality of customer information, protect against any anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of such information, and protect against unauthorized access to or use of such information that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience to any customer [1.2]. Additionally, a licensee must monitor, evaluate, and adjust the information security program in light of any relevant changes in technology, the sensitivity of its customer information, internal or external threats to information, and the licensee's own changing business arrangements [1.3]. Therefore, it is mandatory for companies to have an information security program in place in California.