Gibberish = Encryption? Not By A Long Shot.

As the world descends into utter chaos, I take comfort in knowing that people are generally very levelheaded. It doesn’t quite always work that way, but seeing how North Korea’s government lives another day to threaten the flooding of Seoul in a sea of fire; or that European countries haven’t copped out to what some […] read more

HIPAA Encryption: Indiana Medical Firm Data Breach Affects 230 Healthcare Organizations.

Last week, a Indiana medical firm saw a massive medical data breach that extended throughout the entire U.S.  Per online reports, possibly 4 million people in more than 230 hospitals and other healthcare organizations were affected by the breach, which occurred in May of this year. Hackers stole protected health information that included: “patients’ names, […] read more

College Professor’s Laptop Stolen From Car, Causes Data Breach.

They say that car break-ins are a crime of opportunity: not even the thieves know when or where it will happen, or which car or what types of articles will be filched. Well, I’ve just run across the ultimate opportunistic crime: Westmont College, in California, has announced that a professor’s laptop computer was stolen while […] read more

Medical Laptop Encryption: Michael Schumacher’s Doctor’s Offices Burglarized.

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

New York Data Security Law: AG Pursuing Law Updates, Will Introduce Safe Harbor.

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced last week that he will be pursuing updates to the state’s data security laws.  Among the proposals are changes to the legal definition of “personal information”; introducing safe harbor for companies that meet security standards; and encouraging the sharing of forensic data.  It sounds as if security […] read more

HIPAA Encryption: Laptop from Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Stolen, 2800 Affected.

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NHMC) – which counts as affiliates Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern Medical Group – notified approximately 2,800 people of a data breach.  A laptop computer that was not protected with HIPAA-strength encryption was stolen from an employee’s vehicle.  According to chicagotribune.com, the hospital group took more than 2 […] read more