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On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted ID Experts U.S. Patent No. 8,707,445: Systems and Methods for Managing Data Incidents for our industry leading incident management software, RADAR. The patent covers systems and methods for managing a data incident including data breach data that comprises information corresponding to a suspected data breach incident.Read More »
There must be something in the water this year. There has been an epidemic of tax fraud that has affected employees of several healthcare organizations. And it now seems like cyber security experts are getting to the root cause of how this was done.Read More »
Patient Privacy Network’s 2nd annual conference, held in Anaheim California on April 10, 2014, was a great opportunity for experts and Healthcare industry participants to share perspectives and to learn more about the latest security challenges facing the Healthcare industry. Participants included Healthcare Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), a California AG Office representative, Legal Experts, Internet Security Alliance (ISA) and Healthcare providers and payers.Read More »
On the first Saturday of May the nation turned its attention to the Bluegrass State to see California Chrome race to victory at the 140th Kentucky Derby. Now that the spectacle has come and gone, we’re boxing up our hats but still keeping our eye on Kentucky to see how it fares in another kind of derby. Earlier this spring Kentucky entered the “data breach regulatory derby,” becoming the 47th state to enact a data breach notification law. If we were to handicap the race, this latest derby entrant is going to lose to Iowa’s recently amended breach law, SB 2252. Next to Iowa’s new law, Kentucky is looking a bit coltish, if you will. Here’s why:Read More »
I was thinking back on the keynote speech that Michael Josephson, president and founder of the Josephson Institute, gave at the HCCA conference in San Diego in April. He spoke on the role of ethics in compliance. It prompted me to Google the Hippocratic oath that physicians and other health care professionals take to uphold their professional ethical standards. What I found was this text taken from the original version of the Hippocratic oath written in the 12th century:Read More »
The folks at Experian have been receiving a great deal of well-deserved attention recently. Just this week, the states of North Carolina and Iowa joined Connecticut and Illinois Attorneys General in investigating Experian for the alleged access to a database of records on approximately 200 million Americans with information including social security numbers, dates of birth, and email addresses, among other sensitive personal data, by an identity theft service masquerading as a private investigator. That Experian is able to sell the personal data of American’s without explicit consent seems counterintuitive, given that as a credit bureau they are in a “unique position” relative to the (regulated) manner as to how they collect such information. The fact that Experian is also frequently trusted by organizations that themselves have had data breach to care for the affected consumers is downright perplexing.Read More »
Julie Brill, Commissioner of the FTC, answered questions at the IAPP Global Conference this month regarding the FTC’s interest in consumer privacy issues associated with “big data” and the Internet of things (“IoT”). The information security and privacy aspects of these major computing trends have obviously garnered the attention of the FTC.Read More »
Mobile devices allow you to do amazing things: play Candy Crush Saga in a boring meeting, download your alma mater’s fight song, get the calorie count of the Costco-sized pizza you bought. They also have the potential to do amazing damage to sensitive patient information—especially if you don’t take care to secure your phone or tablet.Read More »
I recently wrote about the Advisen conference I attended in San Francisco and some of the presentations that I found very interesting - see my previous blog on Advisen West Coast Style. During the conference several of the panelists discussed the need for pre-breach services and what services would be useful prior to a breach. Susan Young a Vice President with Marsh Risk & Insurance services talked about how valuable loss prevention tools would be, such as risk assessments, training or education, as well as incident response planning.Read More »
The recent story on the healthcare breach tally reaching 30 million victims caused pause for many of us. That coupled with the recent Ponemon Report that revealed data breaches in healthcare have increased 100% since 2010 should send shock waves across the community of those who are responsible for protecting PHI.Read More »
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