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Vigilance is still the best medicine for avoiding medi...

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...

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Password management...

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...

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Share National Internet Safety Month with every employ...

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...

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Infographic: The state of identity theft...

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

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Three reasons your breach notices are flawed...

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...

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The compliance risks of social media...

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”...

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Case closed: 8 Things you didn’t know about data breac...

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....

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Healthcare breaches & fraud are here to stay...

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...

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ITRC report identifies top three data breach triggers...

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...

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Medical and mobile: Convenience trumps security...

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...

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Where will you be on April 29, 2012?...

Experian will be at the annual HCCA 2012 Compliance Institute conference at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. This conference offers an important opportunity to meet industry professionals with solid credentials in a number of areas related to medical information and data security. Some of the topics to be addressed...

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Responding resourcefully to medical data breaches...

It’s safe to say that healthcare data is/are under attack. Breaches of medical records increased 97% from 2010 to 2011 according to HHS data. Statistics like that lend new urgency and importance to gatherings such as the upcoming HCCA 2012 Compliance Institute. Be prepared: Does your organization observe security...

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