Is your network secure right now? Have any of your PCs or mobile devices been compromised? Before you even attempt to answer these questions, you need to pause and ask yourself: Can you actually answer either of these questions with any degree of certainty? Think hard about that one—because your job may depend on it.
Recently, LinkedIn pointed out that their data breach from 2012 was much larger than first thought. In 2012, it was reported that a hacker compromised 6.5 million passwords. However, this week the new total of weakly encrypted passwords totals more than 117 million, after it was confirmed that the information was being sold on a dark web marketplace.
An ounce of prevention could have saved tens of millions of dollars, if not hundreds of millions when adding intangible and soft-costs. How so?
Hackers Were Only Testing the Fences So Far …
Your healthcare providers have more private information about you than any one. Starting from your first breath until well after your last, the gathering of information is continuous. Just think of how many times your medical records are updated every year: doctor visits, dental checkups, insurance forms, etc. Your most sensitive information is being collected and stored indefinitely by a medical system.
Ok… I hate to sound like a broken record, but many breaches are, in fact, avoidable.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study on April 14th that indicated between 2010 & 2013, 29 million US Health Records have been exposed in a total of 949 reported breaches. That’s reported. HIPAA Omnibus, HITECH and Meaningful Use regulations aside, you know that not every breach is reported. Some organizations are being breached right now and don’t even know it. Additionally, the research did not include breaches where under 500 individuals were affected. The US Health & Human Services website has a section where you can see the lists of reported breaches with greater than 500 records compromised.