Business associate’s average cost from a data breach is $1 million

Are you a business associate?  Well if you are you better take notice.  The OCR now audits healthcare business associates and between the possible fines and costs of responding to a data breach, business associates need to be prepared. How to be a successful business associate HIPAA (and your BA agreements) will require your organization […]

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Navigating the Rough Waters of a Being a HIPAA Business Associate

One the most frequently asked question of organizations in the healthcare universe (anyone who manages PHI) is “Am I a HIPAA Business Associate?”  The second most frequent question, “what is a HIPAA Business Associate?” Are We a Business Associate? Chances are, you are a business associate. In all likelihood, when you set up your business […]

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Did the St. Louis Cardinals Hack the Houston Astros?

File this one in “unexpected data breaches,” the FBI is currently investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for hacking into the internal networks of the Houston Astros. “The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating whether front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, […]

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Ponemon Releases Fifth Annual Study on Healthcare Data Breaches

Ponemon has release it’s fifth annual study on healthcare data breaches and it has some interesting data. The Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data, sponsored by ID Experts, shows that, for the first time, criminal attacks are the number-one root cause of healthcare data breaches. We calculated a 125 percent […]

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Malicious Attacks now Leading Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches

A new study by the Ponemon Institute and ID Experts reveals a trend that has the Healthcare industry on edge. For the first year in it’s five years of reporting, malicious criminal attacks now lead the pack for healthcare data breach causes – previously, unintentional events/accidents were the leading cause of healthcare breaches. This comes […]

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Software for Privacy & Security Incident Response

More and more organization are turning to software platforms to address the increasing burden privacy and security incidents create for companies that hold or process regulated data – data regulated by federal laws (HIPAA/HITECH) or regulated by numerous and varying state data breach laws. “Organizations are increasingly turning to RADAR®, patented privacy & security incident […]

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Auburn Data Breach Exposes SSN Numbers

A large data breach at Auburn University exposed, among other sensitive information, the Social Security Numbers of about 364,012 current, former and prospective students.  This breach includes information of those prospective students who never even applied to Auburn.  How is that?  Universities can purchase the information of students who have complete standardize tests, ACTs & […]

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Updated Breach Response Plan for 2015

Have you updated your data breach response plans for 2015? When your organization suspects a data privacy or security incident has occurred, you must act quickly to initiate and manage your response. The process tends to be complex, stressful and “high stakes” given that your customers or patients are affected and your reputation is at […]

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Big Breach Targets: Why Healthcare, Why Now?

In early February, Anthem Healthcare reported a data breach that may have affected up to 80 million customers, as many as 1 in 4 Americans. The estimates dwarf last year’s Community Health Systems breach by an order of magnitude. Last year’s litany of history-making breaches involved retail companies—Target, Home Depot, K-Mart, and the list goes […]

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2014 Medical Identity Theft Report Released – Increases 21% Year Over Year

The Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft by Ponemon Institute (2014) has just been released and has plenty of interesting data points… Medical identity theft is costly to consumers Unlike credit card fraud, victims of medical identity theft can suffer significant financial consequences. Sixty-five percent of medical identity theft victims surveyed paid more than […]

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