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Medical data breaches soar, according to study

Security <a href="">breaches among healthcare organizations</a> are soaring. That's the conclusion of the Second Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by ID Experts.

George V. Hulme | 02 Dec | Read more

Healthcare breaches: Do they even matter?

While the healthcare industry moves to invest billions into electronic health records, <a href="">a steady trail of breaches and broken promises of security</a> is starting to take its toll on patient trust.

George V. Hulme | 22 Nov | Read more

Jay Cline: Are medical-data breaches overreported?

The Eli Lilly employee whose programming glitch <a href="">exposed the e-mail addresses of almost 700 Prozac users</a> to each other didn't know he was making history. Since that day in June 2001, hundreds more US healthcare organizations have reported medical-data breaches. As a result of those reports, federal and state health agencies have dealt out millions of dollars in fines, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a round of 150 audits. Meanwhile, a cottage industry of breach-notification service providers has arisen, and healthcare organizations can't find enough privacy talent to batten down the hatches.

Jay Cline | 21 Sep | Read more

Health Insurer Encrypts All Stored Data

Responding to the <a href="">theft of 57 hard drives in 2009</a> , BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has completed a $6 million project to encrypt all of its at-rest data.

Lucas Mearian | 22 Aug | Read more

Medvet Labs investigating patient data leak

Underdale, South Australia-based paternity and drug-testing laboratory, Medvet Laboratories, has launched an investigation into an online software error which caused the details of 800 patient's delivery addresses and product details entered into its Web store to be visible online.

Hamish Barwick | 19 Jul | Read more

Aussie businesses would snub free security audits

Despite the current focus on security stemming from the massive data breaches that resulted from hackers exploiting low- and high-level system vulnerabilities, few businesses in the UK and Australia are interested in auditing systems -- even when they're free.

Liam Tung | 08 Jul | Read more

DHS tests show security's people problem

It was widely reported last week that as part of a study, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) randomly dropped USB and optical drives in government and private contractor parking lots -- and more than half of those who picked one up readily plugged it into their work computer.

Lucas Mearian | 07 Jul | Read more