Snail-Slow Security Implementation Despite Reports of Increased Risks

by Mahmood Sher-jan

If you knew thieves would break into your house, you would take immediate steps to secure it, right? That’s not the case for organizations that face security risks, according to the Ponemon Institute’s recent report, The State of Data Centric Security, that was recently covered in an SC Magazine article

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Managing Risks of Any Size, For Entities of All Sizes: 2014 Cyber Liability Forum in Review

by Jeremy Henley

As usual it was great to meet up in Philadelphia for this annual conference to see old friends and make many new ones.  As a long-time attendee and speaker, I can confirm that it is a good time for us to catch up on the latest and greatest in the cyber insurance space.

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Florida in the Forefront: How Florida’s Data Breach Law is Paving the Way for Change

by Heather Noonan

To be honest, I am impressed with Florida’s new Information Protection Act of 2014. Also referred to as FIPA, FIPA went into effect July 1, 2014 and starts a new wave of positive, future change for Florida. 

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Florida Repeals Old Law & Passes New Data Breach Law

by Mahmood Sher-jan

States typically amend their breach notification laws bust Florida repealed its law and passed a more comprehensive law. The newly signed Florida Information Protection Act of 2014, which will take effect on July 1, 2014, Florida joins the ranks of states that require businesses to safeguard individuals’ health inform by extending its definition of personal information (PI) to any information regarding an individual’s medical history, mental or physical condition, or medical treatment or diagnosis by health care professional, health insurance policy number or subscriber identification number and any unique identifier used by a health insurer to identify the individual.

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How “Near Misses” Can Inform your Security Strategy and Reduce Data Breach Risk

by Doug Pollack

Organizations across industries are facing increased public attention and regulatory scrutiny in light of high profile data breach incidents. While the Target’s of the world get more publicity than they’d ever hoped for, what lies beneath all of this is that for every one very public Target security incident, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of security incidents involving regulated data (specifically personal information) that are “near misses”. The one’s that happened, but due to good fortune or effective efforts did not result in an incident that is categorized as a “data breach”, which then requires a public disclosure for all to see.

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Healthcare Organizations Prepare for Upcoming OCR HIPAA Audit Season

by ID Experts

Healthcare organizations and business associates may soon be hearing from the Health and Human Resources (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), as the agency prepares to conduct a new phase of audits. Scheduled to begin in the fall, OCR Audits Phase 2 will be conducted by the OCR itself and will focus on high-risk areas and enforcement.

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Singing the Blues

by Christine Arevalo

The 2014 Blue National Summit is the premier BCBSA conference of the year, assembling Blue Cross Blue Shield professionals from across the multi-faceted network to share best practices, gather insights and information, as well as speak to current trends. This conference is the only all-Blue event that brings together professionals from all 37 Blue Plans from virtually every discipline.

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Is It Really That Bad?

by Heather Noonan

Is a data breach really that bad? Well, yes and no. It’s terrible that a breach occurred, but how you respond is what counts.  It’s just like any problem. Your solution and response can turn everything around or your lack of response can create a bigger mess down the road, causing you to rethink your initial response. We have all seen it. (As consumers, we ask, why didn’t you just tell us what happened? Be honest.)

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ID Experts Announces Issuance of U.S. Patent for RADAR

by ID Experts

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.

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A Year of Rampant Tax Fraud

by Doug Pollack

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.

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