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
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 Disk Encryption: Why Would You Authorize Employees To Work From Home Without Encrypting Patient Data?.
According to wreg.com, patients at the Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation recently learned they were potential victims of a data breach. This is one of those cases where one is left wondering if administrators thought things through: HIPAA encryption software was not used on a data storage device that comprised six years worth of patient data; […] read more
Riverside County Regional Medical Center, in California, has reported the loss of another laptop computer from hospital grounds. It is the second such incident for 2014 – the first occurring in June and the latest one in December – and yet another episode that could have been prevented with the use of HIPAA-compliant security tools […] 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
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
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
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
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
According to some of the latest findings, the average cost of a lost laptop is over $49,000. In US dollars. Actually, there needs to be an asterisk placed after the figure: the cost is based on the assumption that the lost computer was not protected with data security tools like AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption software […] read more