May 13, 2013 | Posted in Data Security
Data protection is a top priority in today's business world. Especially as hacking methods become more advanced and the technologies themselves grow more complex, there is a greater chance that important records will be compromised. While this risk certainly exists, it is also important for enterprise leaders to realize that they do not need to be resigned to suffering a data security disaster. With the right tools, they can safeguard their most sensitive materials from unauthorized access.
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April 23, 2013 | Posted in Data Security
Preparation is key when it comes to data security. When businesses don't have strategies to prevent accidents, it leaves them open to a wide range of negative outcomes, from leaked intellectual property to loss of reputation. With the right solutions in place, organizations can discover and address potentially risky behavior before it leads to problems down the line.
According to a recent study from Experian Data Breach Resolution and the Ponemon Institute, many companies today are having trouble taking knowledge of data security risks and translating it into action. Of the privacy specialists surveyed, 76 percent said their enterprise has already had or expects to have a breach that results in lost customers and business partners. Sixty-six percent added that they have had or are likely to have an incident where financial damage occurs.
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April 10, 2013 | Posted in Data Security
When organizations take steps to prevent data security incidents, they do more than just reduce the chance that information will be leaked. If file tracking solutions are used as part of a comprehensive data backup and recovery strategy, having these safeguards in place puts businesses in good standing in the worst case scenario. No tools are absolutely guaranteed, no matter how cutting edge, so it's important that companies have a way to get to the root of the problem if a disaster occurs. By using these technologies in addition to other safety precautions, leaders may be able to better ensure that customers won't be negatively affected by data loss.
A legal perspective on data breaches
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March 25, 2013 | Posted in Data Security
Colleges and universities are hotbeds of sensitive information. Not only are they charged with storing academic records that may be considered private, they also keep track of current and former students' Social Security numbers, names and more. Schools are also likely to have expansive payrolls, meaning plenty of employee bank account numbers also exist in their systems. Without taking a strong stand against data security breaches, these organizations leave themselves open to a variety of attacks and critical errors.
Recently, Application Security Inc.'s (AppSecInc) research division, TeamSHATTER, released its 2012 Higher Education Data Breach Madness bracket, designed as a play on the popular March Madness event cherished by many college basketball fans. The bracket, in its third year, draws attention to American higher education institutions that experienced some of the biggest data security breaches in the previous year.
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March 20, 2013 | Posted in Data Security
Data breaches are a pressing issue for the medical profession, especially as electronic records management solutions become more common. While these technologies are projected to provide the industry with many benefits, from long-term cost savings to improved patient outcomes, their use involves risk, especially if workers are not properly trained to meet compliance standards.
PHIprivacy recently reported that electronic medical records provider Lawrence Melrose Medical Electronic Record of Melrose, Massachusetts experienced a data security incident in which an employee of a medical practice gained unauthorized access to patients' personal information at six different healthcare facilities. While the news source noted that the scope of the incident is unclear at this time, a patient registration form found on one practice's website suggests that Social Security numbers, insurance data, employment information and more could have been compromised.
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