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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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Adobe Patches Zero-Day Flaw Being Exploited in the Wild

Posted January 22, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Earlier this week, French malware researcher Kafeine reported on a new Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild using the latest versions of the Angler Exploit Toolkit. “Any version of Internet Explorer or Firefox with any version of Windows will get owned if Flash up to 16.0.0.287 (included) is installed and enabled”…

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Your Data Security Strategy Starts with Deploying a Least Privilege Model (part 2 of 2)

Posted January 22, 2015    Scott Lang

In last week’s blog, we talked about how controls and accountability must be put into place so that only the right folks can access data and the systems on which that data resides, and that employing a least privilege model helps to achieve that and more. We’re using conclusions and data from a recent report…

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Basic Blocking and Tackling for Defending Against Advanced Targeted Attacks

Posted January 22, 2015    Larry Brock

With football season at its pinnacle at both the college and professional levels, the best teams continually focus on the fundamentals that make them successful. In security, we need to do the same.  It is okay for us to have a few key plays, especially in certain industries where we have to focus on unique…

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