The LA Times writes that a data breach at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is larger than previously reported. According to latimes.com, a stolen computer that was not protected with medical laptop encryption software contained information on more than 33,000 patients; in August, the number was “more than 500” which implied a figure closer to 500 than […] read more
According to esecurityplanet.com, a compilation of data breaches in Q2 of 2014 has seen more than 175 million customer records exposed. Of those, only 1% represented a situation where strong encryption prevented the data from being used. But, isn’t that expected due to the nature of what’s being reported? In other words, aren’t we dealing […] read more
Medical Laptop Encryption: Canadian Health Authority Finds Out "Certain Security Measures" Not Followed.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced that there was a data breach at their Health Sciences Centre. A laptop with patient data for 322 people was stolen. The type of information that was stolen was not detailed, but breach notification letters were sent and the police have been called to investigate the theft. Unlike HIPAA […] read more
According to a blog entry at wsj.com, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, “one of Silicon Valley’s most influentinal venture capital firms” has experienced a data breach and notified the Attorney General’s Office in New Hampshire. Why didn’t they use information security solutions like managed laptop encryption like AlertBoot? you may ask. Chances are, they did. […] 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 the Irish independent.ie, a laptop computer belonging to a garda (that is, an Irish National Police personnel) has been found in a brothel in Amsterdam. The short and rather uninformative article is full of puns and fun – and veers off to some data security indiscretions the Gardai have had in the past […] read more
I find it fascinating that two different companies can have such disparate reactions to a PHI data breach that occurred under similar conditions. Consider two entries at phiprivacy.net, where computers were stolen, triggering a HIPAA breach (obviously, the use of managed HIPAA encryption software like AlertBoot was neglected; otherwise, there wouldn’t be a HIPAA breach). […] read more
When it comes to data breaches and the legislation governing them, you can divide the laws into two different camps: the ones where a monetary penalty is assessable and the ones where it isn’t. The use of data security software like AlertBoot managed disk encryption for laptops can provide safe harbor from such fines, which […] read more
Penn Medicine Rittenhouse has contacted approximately 600 people, alerting them of a data breach. It’s one of those instances where advanced IT couldn’t have really helped (paper documents were stolen), but it does lend to the following question: are we to really believe that laptop thefts from medical establishments are for the hardware and not […] read more