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
Rarely a day goes by that you don't hear about a data breach. Hospital
records stolen. Social media accounts hacked. Education transcripts revealed.
Every industry is susceptible and every company is at risk. The result can be
embarrassing and expensive at best and absolutely crippling at worst, with
potential fines, time-consuming lawsuits, and subsequent loss of customer
The steady pace of breaches reinforces the need for encryption as a last line
of defense. Recently however, one of the oldest and most effective security
tactics has been largely relegated to an afterth... (more)
In just the past 15 minutes, I ran across these two unrelated articles on my
#bigdata Twitter feed.
Big Data Knows What You're Doing Right Now
Wow! Twitter can tell you when you are going to get sick.
One of my favorite things about Big Data are the ridiculous blog headlines
you can craft, simply by playing off the newness and lack of understanding
around what Big Data is.
Take the first article for example. Time Magazine posits that aggregators are
collecting a boatload of sensitive information about each and every one of
Amid the slew of articles offering advice on Big Data, Joab
Jackson's, Five Things CIOs Should Know About Big Data. stood out because of
how absolutely spot on it was.
The five points he makes nearly always come up in our conversations with
customers and prospects:
You will need to think about big data. What we're seeing now is that the
price of entry to big data, at least from a CapEx standpoint, is pretty low.
Open source tools like Hadoop, Cassandra, MongoDB, MapReduce and others,
combined with the relatively low price of cloud computing, means
organizations that may not ha... (more)
There are a few absolutes when it comes to school. First, lunches will
always be terrible. Second, your locker will be too small to fit your
oversized textbooks. Finally, there's a high likelihood that some of
your student data will be stored in the cloud.
This student data includes demographic information, test results,
transcripts, email exchanges, grades, attendance history, contact information
and more. It's a sensitive mix of detail that, if exposed, could prove
damaging to the affected students and the educational institution. According
to privacyrights.org, more than 1.8 ... (more)