When doing business online, Georgia companies need to be aware of foreign governments’ Internet regulations in addition to risks caused by computer hackers, said Daniel Houston, senior account executive at professional services firm, McCart Group.

“If you’re operating on the Internet, or you put anything on the Internet, you have to be very conscious of where you’re selling and the laws of the country you’re selling in,“ said Mr. Houston.

For example, selling children’s toys online is illegal in Sweden, Mr. Houston said, and in Greece, businesses cannot make product comparisons over the Internet.

Mr. Houston spoke with GlobalAtlanta in a June video interview not long after leading a McCart seminar on cyber risk management.

A Duluth-based professional services firm, McCart assists businesses in designing and monitoring risk management and asset protection programs. The company also organizes quarterly educational seminars that bring business owners, risk managers, financial officers and other business professionals up to speed on various areas of risk management and insurance.

In the accompanying GlobalAtlanta video interview, Mr. Houston discusses computer-related risks facing today’s companies and recounts situations in which discount clothing retailer T.J. Maxx, as well as locally based data security company ChoicePoint Inc., had their business processes violated by computer hackers.

Mr. Houston also describes ways companies can protect themselves from computer-related violations and outlines the types of insurance policies that exist for cyber risk situations.

The McCart Group is the Georgia partner of Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held risk management and commercial insurance brokerage group that has more than 130 partner offices around the world.

The next McCart educational seminar, which will be led by Mr. Houston, is to be held Oct. 9 and is scheduled to cover issues related to kidnap and ransom.

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The McCart Group – Dan Houston (770) 232-0202