In The Digital Age, The Sun Never Sets On The (Former) British Empire: Canada Has Laptop Security Woes, Following UK And India.

Or at least, it certainly feels like it.  In addition to last week’s UK government public relations fiasco with the two lost CDs—and the other post I had regarding a break-in into an Indian government military research lab, where three computers got stolen—there are reports from Canada that a consultant for the Provincial Public Health […] read more

Another Day, Another Data Breach At A Government Facility: US Department of Veteran Affairs Missing (Even More) Computers.

Hot on the trail of the UK Government’s misplacement of two CDs with sensitive information on nearly half of all Britannia, there’s a small story concerning the Veteran Affairs office in the US.  Three PCs, two of them desktop machines and one of them a laptop, are missing from a medical facility in Indiana.  The […] read more

EMS Laptop Missing: Approximately 30,000 Potentially Affected By Lack of True Endpoint Security.

A laptop used by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel went missing in North Carolina.  The device was left on the bumper of an ambulance.  While details are sketchy, it sounds like the computer was left by accident on the ambulance, and somebody swung by and lifted it.  Or, it could have been left on the […] read more

Healthcare Provider Loses Mobile Data Device, Issues Letter and Credit Monitoring. I Presume The Device Was Not Encrypted (Not that I Blame Them In This Case).

Clarian Health has notified over 1200 patients that their information might have been compromised.  These patients were in the Clarian transplant program, and one of the transplant coordinators misplaced “a device similar to a Palm Pilot.”  Before anyone goes around saying that such information should not be on such a small device to begin with, […] read more

Data Security Is Even More Necessary Where HIPAA And Celebrities Meet.

Celebrities—be they rock stars or presidential candidates or that crazy guy in the corner screaming about the end of the earth—are ultimately people.  They will get sick, and that means that they will have to go to a hospital at some point.  Now, because there is a lot of sensitive and confidential patient data used […] read more

Device Encryption Is Optional Under HIPAA – Until Something Gets Stolen.

It is a glorious evening in Boston, and I see here in the news that McKesson, a pharmaceuticals distributor in the United States, had two computers stolen on July 18.  The computers had confidential patient data in them.  While this was reported earlier this morning on Fox news, it looks like it is hitting the […] read more

Third Data Breach At Pharmaceutical Company Shows The Importance of Endpoint Security – An Update.

Well, it looks like some of the things I said might happen, due to the Pfizer security breach, materialized in short order.  According to this article in theday.com, a Connecticut publication, there has been a lot of activity at Pfizer World, Pfizer’s secure intranet.  Based on this article, the security breach was discovered in July […] read more