Encryption vs. Cyberinsurance: One’s Risk Management, The Other’s Risk Transfer.

The Anthem data breach is turning out to be big not only in terms of number of people affected.  According to pymnts.com, quoting ft.com, Lloyd’s of London has stated that cyber attacks are “now too big for private insurance companies to handle” after details of Anthem’s hack were revealed.  This is another development that should […] read more

HIPAA Encryption: Anthem Didn’t Encrypt Data Stolen In Massive Hack.

The wsj.com points out in an article that Anthem Inc, the health insurer that recently announced a massive data breach potentially affecting 80 million people, did not use health data encryption to secure the data that was stolen.  It also points out that applying encryption can be a “balancing act between protecting the information and […] read more

HIPAA Breach Notification: About 30 Days Left To Notify HHS/OCR On Breaches Affecting Less Than 500.

One of the advantages of using encryption software, if you’re in the healthcare field, is that the loss of cryptographically secured sensitive data is given protection from HIPAA/HITECH’s Breach Notification Rules.  If not encrypted, you must notify the HHS’s Office for Civil Rights within 60 business days of discovering the data breach.  However, there is […] read more

HIPAA Breach: Burglaries Happen.

There are brazen thieves and then there is this guy: video footage from a security camera obtained by krgv.com shows a middle-aged man leisurely strolling back to his stolen truck with a stolen computer under his arm.  It’s because of instances like these that the use of HIPAA-grade disk encryption like AlertBoot’s managed encryption services […] read more

Laptop Disk Encryption: 2014 Year-End Brings Out Multiple Instances Of Laptop Theft.

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

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

HIPAA Data Protection: CDs Donated For Children’s Art Project Cause Medical Data Breach.

As medical organizations become better and better at protecting sensitive data – due largely to HIPAA regulations that “strongly encourage” the use of medical data security tools like AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption for laptops – we are beginning to see the rise of “tail-end” data breach vectors, like the one Virginia Commonwealth University Health System […] read more