On the heels of an appellate win, the Federal Trade Commission on Friday reiterated its power to hold companies liable for data security breaches.

The agency announced it has settled 53 data security cases to date, a number it said is “likely to go up.” FTC senior attorney Lesley Fair, writing at the agency’s business center blog, provided a series of “key points” for companies to help determine whether their data security measures are sufficient.

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