In this edition of Alertsec’s SecureNews we focus on the risk of data breach. Two reports published in 2014 provide some grim statistics about the growing threat to customers and businesses from data breaches. In California, the personal data of 18.5million Californians was exposed by data breaches in 2013 according to the Office of the Attorney General. And the Ponemon Institute reported that criminal attacks on healthcare systems have increased 100% since 2010, with many data breaches resulting from the loss or theft of unencrypted laptops or other devices.
Below you will find more information from these reports. In light of this raised publicity around data security, you will also find clarification of Alertsec’s policy for handling user information.
We also mark another great milestone for Alertsec with the opening of our new office in San Francisco.
All of us at Alertsec wish you a very happy 2015 and look forward to supporting you and your business.
As Alertsec continues to grow in the US, we are delighted to announce that we have opened a new sales office in San Francisco to support our customers and partners in this important market. Ebba Blitz has been appointed as CEO for Alertsec Inc. to drive continued success in North America.
Number of data breaches increasing
In 2013, the number of reported data breaches in California increased by 28 percent, and the number of personal records affected increased by over 600 percent, according to a report from the Office of the Attorney General. In the health care sector, 70 percent of breaches reported in the past two years were the result of stolen or lost hardware or digital media containing unencrypted personal information.
The data is supported by a study from the Ponemon Institute showing that criminal attacks targeting the health care system are growing, costing some healthcare organizations millions of dollars every year.
According to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, “Many health care breaches could be prevented by the strategic use of encryption”. Recommendations in the report include the need for health care businesses to use encryption not only on laptops and portable media, but also on the many computers in offices.
Given the growing concern for organizations and consumers around data security breaches, we want to take this opportunity to clarify our own policy regarding data collection and protection so that you can be confident about the information that Alertsec stores and how it is kept secure.
Restricted data collection
When customers deploy the Alertsec service to a user’s machine, the system creates an encrypted recovery file using only information related to the encryption process on the device. The encrypted recovery file is written back to the Alertsec server and is only used to restore the computer in case of a disc failure. Alertsec is not able to copy or backup any of the information stored on users’ machines.
Feel free to contact our helpdesk if you have further questions.
The theft of a laptop from the offices of Reachout Home Care Services in Texas caused a data breach affecting 5,000 customers who live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
According to the company’s statement, the stolen laptop was unencrypted and contained protected health information (PHI) including names and claims data for patients and some Medicare identification numbers.