The average price of a notebook in the U.S. is about $631. The cost of a
notebook that contains unencrypted patient information is far greater.
Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for
Civil Rights levied a hefty $1.5 million fine against the Massachusetts Eye
and Ear Infirmary.
HHS determined that Massachusetts Eye and Ear had violated a number of HIPAA
requirements stemming from the theft of a neurologist's notebook in South
Korea in 2010. A hospital employee losing a notebook is one thing. The
hardware can easily be replaced at a minimal expense. However, when the
laptop contains unencrypted data including, patient names, addresses, phone
numbers, dates of birth, medical records numbers and certain medical
information, that's another story entirely.
Because the laptop was unencrypted, the healthcare organization to was
I have a pretty decent amount of data about Disney World (where to stay, when
to visit, how to beat the crowds to Space Mountain, etc.), and in turn,
Disney knows a lot about me (my age, where I live, how many times I’ve
visited the park, etc.).
This information may seem trivial, but it’s essential (or so we think) for
an experience that’s optimized for our enjoyment. In fact, Disney has made
a big bet on this idea. You might have seen stories about Disney’s new
“vacation management system” which is designed to learn even more about
park visitors and, in turn, improve upon their... (more)
Nearly 15% of universities competing in this year's NCAA tournament were
breached during the past year. According to a database maintained by the
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the following schools experienced some form
of unintended data disclosure since July 2012:
Pittsburgh Duke North Carolina Wisconsin Missouri Michigan Ohio State Arizona
In some cases, the breaches exposed social security numbers, usernames and
passwords and other forms of personally identifiable information (PII). A
good reminder that any institution handling information on behalf of studen... (more)
Health care organizations are moving infrastructure and data to the cloud at
a fairly rapid pace. A recent study suggests the cloud computing market in
health care is expected to reach $5.4 billion by 2017. Enticing as the cloud
is, when dealing with highly sensitive and regulated information, it's
important to proceed with caution.
The good news for pharma companies, biotech firms and research hospitals -
organizations most likely to move heavy big data payloads to the cloud- is
that there are some security best practices that can protect data at rest in
We so often hear about companies putting "customers first" that the very
notion can seem trite. But when it comes to innovation, listening to and
learning from your customers is an absolute imperative. At Gazzang, the
company I work for, we have a mantra that borders on religious fanaticism.
“Customers First. Always.”
It’s the reason we can claim deep expertise in securing unique,
enterprise-scale big data environments. It’s the reason we know cloud
encryption better than anyone else. And it’s the reason no one on our
customer support team owns a bed.
It was a handful of high-pr... (more)