Disk encryption: Fortune Magazine explains why everyone should be running full-disk encryption on their laptops.
Healthcare data breaches are on the increase. Health records are now five to ten times more valuable than credit card numbers causing cyber criminals to switch from attacking banks and retailers to the less-secure medical sector.
There are calls for stronger data breach laws in the US to close compliance loopholes and introduce “more meaningful and timely” notification laws.
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Without disk encryption, your laptop is a sitting duck, according to Fortune Magazine. “[Full disk encryption] is the only way to protect your data in case your laptop gets lost or stolen, and it takes minimal effort to get started and use.”
“Everyone should be running full-disk encryption on their laptops”, writes Micah Lee of The Intercept. “If someone gets physical access to your computer and you aren’t using disk encryption, they can very easily steal all of your files. It doesn’t matter if you have a good password because the attacker can simply boot to a new operating system off of a USB stick, bypassing your password, to look at your files. Or they can remove your hard disk and put it in a different computer to gain access. All they need is a screwdriver, a second computer, and a $10 USB enclosure.”
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Health data targeted
The number of data breaches in the healthcare sector is increasing, according to Marion Jenkins of 3t Systems in Denver, US. The largest single source of data breaches has been laptops, accounting for 25% of the 1,185 incidents recorded since 2009.
Healthcare information is becoming increasingly attractive to cybercriminals. It can be used to fraudulently obtain medical services and commit identity theft and other financial crimes. The cost for impacted companies can be astronomical, according to Jenkins: two companies with large breaches, Sutter Health and SAIC, are both facing multibillion-dollar class action lawsuits.
After the recent massive data breaches at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem, Inc, Washington’s attorney general and two law makers are calling for stronger data breach laws. They are trying to close current loopholes and propose notification within 45 days of a data breach occurring.
Separately in New York a legislative proposal would expand the state’s breach notification law to cover e-mails, passwords and health data, require companies to implement data security measures, and notify consumers and employees in the event of a breach. The number of reported data security breaches in New York more than tripled between 2006 and 2013.