According to dailymail.co.uk and other sites, the offices of Dr. Johannes Peil were broken into last week. Whether this caused a data breach hasn’t been revealed but it has certainly raised the alarm because Dr. Peil is the doctor to F1 racecar driver Michael Schumacher and other prominent individuals. One would hope, based on the […] read more
Target, the Minneapolis-based retailer, has released its latest financial figures, revealing that it has booked $162 million in expenses for the 2013 hack of its client data. This has led to media sources to report that the hack has cost the company $162 million. But, the cost is actually much higher than that. Cost vs. […] read more
It looks like Connecticut could be following in the footsteps of New Jersey: according to stamford.dailyvoice.com, state senators are considering proposing legislation that would require Insurance companies to encrypt any sensitive personal data. If said proposal passes, it would become the second state I know of that makes it mandatory for insurance companies to use […] read more
Wyoming has approved two Senate bills that update the state’s data privacy laws. Senate Files 35 and 36 expand on the definition of what constitutes a breach of personal information, and what steps organizations must take when a data breach takes place. Missing from the update: a safe harbor clause that would protect organizations if […] read more
HIPAA Disk Encryption: Why Would You Authorize Employees To Work From Home Without Encrypting Patient Data?.
According to wreg.com, patients at the Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation recently learned they were potential victims of a data breach. This is one of those cases where one is left wondering if administrators thought things through: HIPAA encryption software was not used on a data storage device that comprised six years worth of patient data; […] read more
Riverside County Regional Medical Center, in California, has reported the loss of another laptop computer from hospital grounds. It is the second such incident for 2014 – the first occurring in June and the latest one in December – and yet another episode that could have been prevented with the use of HIPAA-compliant security tools […] read more
Lawyer Laptop Encryption: San Francisco Attorney Notifies Clients of Laptop Theft, Potential Data Breach.
A data breach can be a devastating experience. Even more so if the breach involves a particular profession where privacy, anonymity, and secrecy happen to be paramount. That’s why a medical data breach hits people more closely than a retailer’s data breach. And why a data breach involving the legal profession seems even more alarming. […] read more
As 2014 winds down, I was really under the belief that data breaches caused by the loss or theft of unencrypted laptops were really down – I hadn’t come across too many stories involving them over the past year, relatively speaking. I had attributed this turn of events to possibly the increased use of disk […] read more
According to some of the latest findings, the average cost of a lost laptop is over $49,000. In US dollars. Actually, there needs to be an asterisk placed after the figure: the cost is based on the assumption that the lost computer was not protected with data security tools like AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption software […] read more
Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) has settled with HHS/OCR over potential violations of HIPAA. Of course, HIPAA settlements are not interesting in of themselves, per se, but because of the accusations that led to them. In this particular instance, it appears that the covered entity was hammered for not updating their software and keeping […] read more