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November Data Breach Monthly Update: We Keep Tabs On Companies That Have Been Hacked (So You Don’t Have To)

Identity theft is everywhere. According to the most recent data from Identity Theft Resource Center, there have been 629 data breaches so far in 2015, resulting in the unlawful exposure of 175,638,537 personal identities. Let’s run through some of the recent violations, many of which have made headlines in newspapers from coast to coast, due […]

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2015 Data Breach Tally: 140mil Americans’ Health Information is Out There

2015 has been a rough year for combating data breaches, and the worst part is- the year isn’t over yet. Fingers crossed there won’t be more, but it’s going to take a lot more than crossing fingers, knocking on wood and sheer hope to defend ourselves from cyber criminals. Between breaches at Advocate Health Care, […]

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October Data Breach Monthly: We Keep Tabs On Companies That Have Been Hacked (So You Don’t Have To)

According to data from the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have been 577 data breaches so far in 2015, resulting in the unlawful exposure of 155,825,425 personal identities. Let’s run through some of the recent violations that you may not have heard about in the news. Companies Breached and Individuals Harmed Company | State | […]

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September Monthly Breach Report: Problem Continues To Grow, Now Reaching Epidemic Heights

According to data from Identity Theft Resource Center, there have been 519 data breaches so far in 2015, resulting in the unlawful exposure of 139,993,068 personal identities. Let’s run through some of the recent violations that you may not have heard about in the news. Companies Breached and Individuals Harmed Company | State | Industry […]

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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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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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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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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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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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