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Data Breach Excuses and What They Really Mean: Excuse 2

Posted December 28, 2010    Peter McCalister

Excuse 2: SADLY, IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO TRUST ALL PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME.  Yep, that’s what we hear next when data shows up stolen or vandalized.  So this second installment of the Top 5 Excuses for Data Breaches and What They Really Mean will attempt to translate this into what really happened and use current news to exemplify our point.

This is one of the more favored excuses used by organizations who prefer to show some attrition for taking their eye off the ball for a few days, months, years,… (fill in the blank).

Amongst many US and UK hospitals and health care organizations who seem to have experienced data breaches in the last year, Florida Hospital used this excuse when it admitted to a data breach in November (2010).  Their CEO was at pains to stress:

“While it may be impossible to absolutely prevent an employee from violating our values and policies for personal gain, we are determined to take all necessary steps to review and strengthen our administrative procedures to ensure that we are providing the highest level of data security possible.”

We are, of course, happy to point out that with a good privileged access management solution in place – and one which helps health care organizations comply fully with HIPAA requirements  – they don’t have to rely on trust alone.

Accidental, intentional, or indirect, abuse of privileges are mitigated because employees, partners and third parties only get pre-approved access to the network or servers based on the need their job requires, not their position within the organization hierarchy.

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