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Healthcare Data Breaches Thanks To Insiders

Posted January 10, 2012    Peter McCalister

A Ponemon Institute report published this month found that healthcare data breaches have risen 32 percent since 2010. Ninety-six percent of all healthcare providers say they have had at least one data breach in the last two years and that most of these were due to employee mistakes and sloppiness, while 46 percent of respondents cited third-party error, including business associates as the culprit.

Just this year we saw high-profile data breaches from Stanford Hospital, HealthNet and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, to name a few. All of these were the result of accidental misuse of employee privilege.

Many of these breaches likely could have been prevented if the right privilege identity management policies were in place, leading to less accidental or intentional misuse of privilege. Healthcare is something we all need, making us all potential victims of data breaches (and let’s face it, how many of us have actually already been victims), so it has never been more important for companies to take extra precautions to protect our data from insider threats.

As we look toward a new year, filled with healthy resolutions like getting in shape, eating more vegetables or getting more sleep, let’s not forget to make protecting sensitive data from accidental or intentional misuse a top priority.

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Closing the Vulnerability Gap

Posted October 7, 2015    Brian Chappell

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Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.

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Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach: When 2 Days is not Enough

Posted October 2, 2015    Morey Haber

On October 1, Experian admitted full responsibility for the loss of T-Mobile customer data. 15 million user records dating back to 2013 were effected in the breach, with data including sensitive information that may be decryptable like social security numbers and drivers licenses.