Privacy Warriors Must Operationalize to Keep Compliance Up, Data Breaches Down

by Mahmood Sher-jan

Privacy warriors constantly battle to keep pace and comply with complex and ever changing regulations designed to address rapidly evolving business practices, technologies, and privacy threats.  In 2014 alone, at least 19 states have introduced bills that could amend or impact breach laws.  Unfortunately, these warriors are learning that the gap between what they must do, and what they are doing is growing unless their organizations implement the required processes and tools designed to simplify the monitoring and management of these complex breach laws.

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Are Credit Monitoring Services Worth It?

by Doug Pollack

This article from Mr. Krebs brings up a number of interesting questions in addition to the one that the title poses (are credit monitoring services worth it?). One that I think most salient, right on the back of the huge Target breach, is whether the current approach taken by companies in responding to a data breach effective for the affected individuals?

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Advisen West Coast Style

by Jeremy Henley

The folks at Advisen finally got the word that the West Coast is the best coast when it comes to Cyber Liability, or at least that we do matter our here and had their first Cyber Insights conference in San Francisco this March.  I don’t know the final numbers but there seemed to be north of 100 in attendance for the inaugural event.  All kidding aside, many of the speakers were the usual suspects that often appear at conferences and rightly full so since most of them really do know there specialties well.  What was great is that having the event in on the West Coast brought out new faces in the cyber world and I made some great new connections.   

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100: The New Bad-Luck Number

by Doug Pollack

Thirteen, the traditional unlucky number, is a pot of gold compared to 100. That’s because criminal attacks on healthcare organizations have increased 100 percent since 2010, according to the Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security by Ponemon Institute.

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‘Side Effects’ of Affordable Care Act

by Bob Gregg

The list of side effects for many medications is long and somewhat frightening—anything from dizziness to fever to death. Side effects of the Affordable Care Act are equally troubling—including increased risk to data security and patient privacy—according to findings from the Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security by Ponemon Institute.

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PHI Protection Network (PPN) Forum - the event for best practices to protect sensitive patient info

by Rick Kam

If you are a compliance or privacy officer of a hospital or work in a health care entity that is responsible for managing patient data, you need to attend the PPN Forum.  In just one day, you will learn the current and future threats causing PHI data loss incidents as well as the best practices to effectively remediate breaches and mitigate the risk of harm to affected patients.

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Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security.

by Larry Ponemon

Today we are releasing our Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security. We hope you will read the report sponsored by ID Experts that reveals some fascinating trends.

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Latest Ponemon Study Shows “Leaky Bucket” Approach to Managing New Threats

by Rick Kam

It’s been a year since the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule was issued. Kudos to the healthcare organizations that have made strides toward compliance. But shifting threats and risks, as revealed in the newly released Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security by Ponemon Institute, are forcing organizations to be reactive, not proactive. It’s like a bucket filled with water and holes. The water keeps spurting out. Every time you patch a hole, a new one forms. The whole process of patching old and new holes is overwhelming and never-ending

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Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the FTC, speaks on privacy & security considerations with big data

by Doug Pollack

Friday at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the FTC, took questions related to privacy and data security with an initial focus on the challenges posed by so-called "big data".  In the session, she noted that the FTC looks at the issues with big data quite broadly. 

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IAPP Global Privacy Summit: Preparing for a transformational year in privacy.

by Doug Pollack

With the Target breach in the news what seems like daily since December, the concept of data breach, and it's implications, has now burned itself into the psyche of the American public. 2014 marks the beginning of a new era in how organizations "manage" incidents and disclosures of personal, regulated data.  See the innovative ID Experts RADAR software platform at the IAPP Global Summit and make sure your organization has begun to operationalize the assessment and management of data security incidents. 

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