Ebba Blitz, Alertsec US President was interviewed on Bay Area news station Channel4 earlier this month, following the attack by activist group Anonymous on the news websites of Embarcadero Media Group. You can see the interview on our website.
Also in this month's SecureNews: A data breach is a matter of ‘when’ not 'if' according to a report from Gemalto.
Read more below about the increasing threat, particularly in the healthcare sector. Can Alertsec support your HIPAA compliance program? The answer is ‘yes’, and you can find out more below and download a whitepaper from our website. Do visit our website and check out the new design and information such as the new section about compliance.
The websites of Palo Alto Weekly, The Almanac, Mountain View Voice and Pleasanton Weekly were all reportedly attacked earlier this month. Owner Embarcadero Media Group temporarily took the websites offline and distributed news content through its social media platforms. After being hacked, the websites featured a message and an image of Guy Fawkes, a symbol typically associated with the hacker group Anonymous.
In an interview with news station Channel4 following the attack, Ebba Blitz, Alertsec US President emphasized the importance for all organizations, especially small & medium sized companies, to protect sensitive data through encryption. “These hackers are very skilled and you need to take precautions”.
Akron Children's Hospital, Ohio has reported a data breach affecting over 7600 patients following the discovery of a missing backup drive. The hard drive contained unencrypted voice recordings of conversations between dispatchers and hospital workers during the medical transport of patients. While no financial information was disclosed, some PHI became vulnerable including patient names, ages, gender, dates of birth, medical record numbers, location and chief medical complaints.
The healthcare industry had the highest number of data breaches in the first half of 2015, compromising 84.4million records, according to the latest Breach Level Index report from Gemalto. With increasingly sophisticated attacks, it is important for companies to improve protection against digital threats, according to the report’s authors. This includes encrypting all sensitive data both at rest and in motion, and securely storing and managing all encryption keys.
Most organizations that deal with medical information use some sort of electronic health care system that combines the many facets of patient care, from intake and visits to follow-up care and billing, and these systems are generally designed for compliance. To provide complete coverage of the ePHI technical protection that is needed for HIPAA compliance, you need to protect more than just the Healthcare System itself. Any systems where patient data could be accessed or stored must be protected, and this is where the Alertsec Service plays a critical part.
Alertsec Service features:
Protect - Safeguard all ePHI on computers and removable media (USB sticks/drives etc.)
Comply - with HIPAA and HITECH Enforcement Rule through Policy Control
Manage - Deploy and monitor compliance through a cloud management tool
You can find out more about using Alertsec as the foundation for HIPAA compliance, and download a whitepaper from our website: