California Expands Data Breach Notification Laws – A Supplement To HIPAA?.

California has recently passed a law updating their state Data Breach Notification laws.  In addition to reporting those instances where financial information was breached, businesses with clients in California will have to notify instances where medical information was compromised.  Those who haven’t been following such things closely may wonder if this is truly news (and […] read more

Newfoundland Student Data Breach Affects 28,000. Laptop Security Lacking.

The Canadian Press is reporting that the Eastern School District administrative offices reported four laptops missing, presumably stolen. from a secure location with guards and security pass entry.  I’m guessing the latter is a reference to some kind of electronic key card system.   The information on those machines took several days to compile, and […] read more

Information Security Breach Of Desktop Hard Drive At Massachusetts School Department.

It had to happen sooner or later.  A hard drive, on what I assume to be a desktop computer, was stolen from the Malden headquarters Department of Education, in Massachusetts.  An auditor for the department arrived to work last week only to find that his computer wouldn’t work.  Assistance was requested, and the technical workers […] read more

Medical Data Security Growing Problem In Years To Come.

The Government Technology site has an article by Jim McKay about the growing problem of medical insurance fraud.  Medical insurance fraud accounts for only three percent of US healthcare costs, which currently translates to about $60 billion, and of that, 1% is attributed to medical ID theft—which is quite sizable when you look at the […] read more

Even the Law Recognizes the Power of Hard Drive Encryption.

I read an interesting article on a CNET blog today about new legislation regarding data breach notifications up for consideration by the Indiana State Senate.    The proposed bill requires that all data breach notifications involving Indiana residents need to go through the attorney general’s office.  That’s fairly standard practice, but that isn’t what makes this […] read more

Hard Drive Encryption Is Needed for All PC’s: There Is Worldwide Demand for Tougher Data Breach Legislation.

Lost laptops and missing disks could mean legal trouble, as the media spotlight on data breaches gives weight to calls for tougher legislation – but is encouraging best practice a wiser move? Another day, another miserable data fiasco – it seems there’s no end in sight for missing laptops and lost disks. It’s one thing […] read more

Nearly 40,000 Hoyas Affected By Lack Of Hard Disk Encryption.

Numerous students, alumni, staff, and faculty may be affected by the theft of a hard drive.  The external storage device contained the Social Security numbers of nearly 40,000 people, and was reported stolen earlier this month.  The device was unencrypted.   The external hard drive was used as a backup to a computer that contained […] read more

UK Department Store Marks & Spencer Ordered To Encrypt All Laptops.

Marks & Spencer was ordered by the Information Commissioner’s Office to encrypt all of their laptops.  This is the conclusion to the theft that occurred last May of a laptop that contained the personal information on 26,000 Marks & Spencer employees.  The laptop was stolen from a printing firm working for M&S.  It contained details […] read more

UK Lawyer’s Office Is Burglarized: Laptop Security A Concern.

A barrister (that’s a lawyer for Americans) in London came to his office to find a laptop computer stolen.  The computer contained the details of an inquiry into the murder of Billy Wright.  For those who are not aware, Billy Wright is the founder of the Loyalist Volunteer Force, a paramilitary group he started after her […] read more

Hospitals To Be Checked For HIPAA Compliance.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon begin on?site reviews to see whether hospitals are in compliance with HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  Approximately 10 to 20 hospitals will be visited, and the results published.  The names of the hospitals visited will not be revealed, however, regardless of the […] read more