Vigilance is still the best medicine for avoiding medical identity theft

Posted on Jun 26 2012 by

  The latest Ponemon Institute Medical Identity Theft survey reflects the classic good news, bad news scenario. The good news is that more consumers understand how medical identity theft happens, and the importance of checking healthcare invoices and records for accuracy. The bad news is that the victim count has hit an all-time high (nearly […]

Password management

Posted on Jun 19 2012 by

Our guest blogger this week is Karen Barney of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The rise of online functionality and connectivity has in turn given rise to online security issues, which create the need for passwords and other defenses against information theft.  Most people today have multiple online accounts and accompanying passwords to protect […]

Share National Internet Safety Month with every employee

Posted on Jun 12 2012 by

Internet safety isn’t just for the employees who handle your most sensitive data. It’s for each and every one. With June being National Internet Safety Month, it’s the perfect time to brush up on exactly what that means for your employees and business. In a recent study, 78% of organizations had experienced at least one […]

Infographic: The state of identity theft

Posted on Jun 11 2012 by

A nationwide look at consumers’ identity theft complaints based on FTC reports.

Three reasons your breach notices are flawed

Posted on Jun 05 2012 by

Still using the less-is-more approach to notification letters? As it turns out, consumers want more – much more than they’re getting. In a new study, 72% of consumers who recall receiving a notification letter express disappointment. The Ponemon Institute explores why in the 2012 Consumer Study on Data Breach Notification. Among all survey respondents, those […]

The compliance risks of social media

Posted on May 29 2012 by

Organizations are adopting social media tools within their networks at increasing rates, yet the legal and compliance risks are often not fully understood or addressed.  A recent Forrester report noted that more than half of security decision-makers and influencers at enterprises reported that they were “concerned” or “very concerned” about the inability to meet regulatory […]

Case closed: 8 Things you didn’t know about data breach litigation

Posted on May 22 2012 by

As data breaches have exploded in frequency and scale, it’s no surprise that corresponding lawsuits have also flourished.  Do these lawsuits have a common pattern?  A recent draft research paper, Empirical Analysis of Data Breach Litigation, takes a look at federal data breach lawsuits to assess the common characteristics. The findings were illuminating: The odds […]

Healthcare breaches & fraud are here to stay

Posted on May 15 2012 by

Don’t expect medical breaches and healthcare fraud to drop off the radar anytime soon. Here’s why. First, the number of breaches in the industry is still escalating. In 2011, healthcare breaches occurred 32% more frequently than in 2010.1 Second, the profitably of medical records on the black market is high – 192% more profitable than […]

ITRC report identifies top three data breach triggers

Posted on May 07 2012 by

For a company, a data breach can seem like it comes out of the blue. Yet, according to analysis by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), the three primary causes of data breaches have remained the same since 2009: Hacking Data on the move Insider theft ITRC has been releasing an annual Breach Report since 2007. […]

Medical and mobile: Convenience trumps security

Posted on May 02 2012 by

Say goodbye to bulky manila folders. Today’s healthcare organizations are zipping through medical histories and writing prescriptions using mobile devices. But the new found convenience hasn’t been without cost – not just in implementing new systems and tools but in losing data when security measures aren’t implemented too. A recent study suggests that adopting new […]