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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Anthem Healthcare Data Breach – An Open Letter to Connecticut Attorney General Jepsen

Dear Mr. Jepsen: I read with interest the letter you recently sent to Mr. Swedish, President and CEO of Anthem, Inc., on behalf of yourself and several other state Attorney’s General, with regard to their recent massive data breach. The focus on your letter appears to have been primarily regarding the passage of time and […]

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Webinar – How to Manage a Data Breach Involving Multiple Covered Entity Clients

In this webinar, Karen Pugh, the vice president and head of healthcare compliance at Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, discusses how to navigate the complexities involved in managing a data breach involving the patient data of multiple Covered Entity clients. She’ll discuss the entire process — from determining the nature and scope of the breach through handling […]

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Government Data Breaches in 2014

Some interesting stats from InformationWeek & the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse… “Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, which maintains a database of all publicly reported data breaches since 2005, lists just 27 incidents involving a government entity so far in 2014. That number represents about half the 55 breaches reported by government agencies last year and less than one-third […]

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Retail Data Breaches – It’s that time of year again!

With the cold weather, the shorter days, and the holiday season comes the retail data breach season!  Last year saw big retailers and household names like Target, Neiman Marcus, and Home Depot announce security breaches.  Fashion retailer Bebe has been the first big name of this “season” to announce they have been breached. “Fashion retailer […]

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Looking to 2015, Phishing & Malware Expected to Rise

The healthcare industry has the perfect storm for digital attackers.  High valued assets (PHI & PII) and low barrier to entry (less than mature information security).  Professionals from around the industry are expecting a rise in attacks on healthcare data, specifically phishing and malware attacks in 2015. “Lynn Sessions, a partner with the law firm […]

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Privacy and Security: Teamwork Required to Tackle Incident Response

Don’t you wish you had the right culture, resources and best practices to protect customer information and effectively respond when incidents occur? Increasing risk of financial and healthcare data breaches and fines, coupled with the complexities of complying with a patchwork of state and federal laws, is fueling the need for strong leadership, collaboration, innovative […]

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