There is this theory among the HIPAA security crowd that education is as effective as technical solutions, or that it can be even more important. While not wrong, it depends on what you’re looking at. At the end of the day, it’s the technical solutions that will do the heavy lifting when it comes to […] read more
According to phiprivacy.net, NYU Langone Medical Center announced a data breach in June, a little before their July admission to another data breach that affected 8,400 people. Unlike the latter announcement, though, the June announcement appears to be somewhat outside of NYU’s control. It’s a shame that not everyone is getting the story on the […] read more
SMB Laptop Encryption: Yoga Studio Has Laptop Theft, Doesn’t Know Password-Protection Doesn’t Do Anything.
As more companies begin to realize the importance of using encryption software like AlertBoot (sometimes prodded by industry regulators and state, federal, and national law), we are beginning to find that data breaches are beginning to shift towards smaller business concerns. Take for example the following story about a yoga studio in Canada. Laptop Stolen, […] read more
According to csoonline.com, Watermark Retirement Communities announced a HIPAA data breach just prior to the three-day weekend. The cause of the breach? A laptop computer that was stolen from an employee’s car. Of course, this wouldn’t really be an issue if the computer’s data had been properly protected, such as with managed HIPAA encryption software […] read more
According to milforddailynews.com, 3000 students who receive Medicaid reimbursements had their personal information compromised. The data breach occurred when a laptop belonging to Multi-State Billing Services was stolen from an employee’s vehicle. The use of full disk encryption would have prevented the data breach; furthermore, seeing how this took place in Massachusetts – and involved […] read more
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (MSJC) has ordered a lawyer to decrypt his laptop computers. The lawyer, one Leon Gelfgatt, is a criminal suspect in an ongoing case involving Russians and mortgage fraud, and as far as I can tell (as a non-lawyer), his biggest mistake was in not following the aged maxim: “don’t speak […] read more
According to the US Supreme Court, US authorities require warrants in order to search the cellphones of people who are arrested [http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-132_8l9c.pdf ; ]. The decision is not solely for cellphones, though: rummaging through information found on smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, etc. should also be affected, with personal privacy being the winner. Also, I imagine […] read more
Alberta, Canada is updating its books so that the breach of medical information is disclosed ASAP. The original legislation had a number of good points although it didn’t include a mandate for the use of medical encryption software for laptops used by health information custodians. On the other hand, the Information Privacy commissioner does require […] read more
Why is PHI encryption recommended by the HHS, Office for Civil Rights, HIPAA experts, and just people in general? It’s because encryption software can act as a safety net for unforeseen data breaches, as the following story shows. Coordinated Health, a network of hospitals that has seventeen locations all over Pennsylvania, has announced a second […] read more
HIPAA Laptop Encryption: Gig Harbor Psychologist Must Undergo Mental Health Evalation Over Suspended License.
One of the most bizarre data breach stories I’ve heard over the years has reared its head again. According to thenewstribune.com, disgraced psychologist Dr. Sunil Kakar will have to undergo a mental health evaluation if he wants to resume practice of his trade. If you’ll recall, the entire calamity could have been easily prevented via […] read more