Archive for February, 2015

File Sharing and Security

February 28th, 2015

In recent times, file sharing is done frequently on the internal servers, websites or through Instant Messaging service. Due to availability of various services on personal devices like smart phones it has become challenging for the organization to secure the sensitive information. Even unprotected Windows networking shares can be exploited by intruders in an automated way. Companies can follow below guidelines to protect themselves from data breach:

  • Protecting your computer against malicious file sharing tools and websites
  • Domain checking of the website for authenticity and then allowing permission to transfer data
  • Downloading data from trusted sites
  • Save downloads instead of running them from pop up window
  • Checking license agreement and privacy statement before installing any software
  • Avoiding illegal downloads
  • Don’t open mail from unknown sources
  • Don’t share your computer access
  • Regularly update your security software with the patches
  • Check your security on regular basis
  • Don’t open your IM on public list
  • Never send sensitive information or files like credit card numbers, SSN’s etc on IM
  • Secure your IM by contacting security admin regularly
  • Highly social nature of IM helps imposters to get information
  • Beware of sharing your personal as well as company information with strangers

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Information Technology, PHI security and Access to records

February 26th, 2015

In today’s demanding world, it is important to provide speedy access to clinician, staffs etc. to treat their patients. But Protected Health Information (PHI) security should also remain top most priority. The data breach not only puts patients at risk but also tarnishes the image of the institution. It’s better to follow below guidelines:

  • Protection of clinician workstations using  IT security measures
  • Restricting unauthorized access to PHI
  • Follow real world examples of most secured facilities
  • Use encryption software like Alertsec to protect your devices
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of online access
  • Recognizing malware by installing genuine anti virus
  • Preventing and responding to identity theft
  • Recovering from computer viruses
  • Understanding your computer and their use like email accounts, sharing, chats etc for sensitive information
  • Using secure connections
  • Use of desktop firewalls
  • Backing up data and refreshing affected systems
  • Work with people to understand importance of security
  • Thinking like an attacker and implementing security measures
  • Be wary of how much authority you give to a consultant
  • Record as much activity you can
  • Destroy discarded documents efficiently
  • Destroy and recycle electronics correctly

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Protected Health Information documents in Dumpster

February 24th, 2015

Suburban Lung Associates in Illinois may face a protected health information (PHI) breach after its medical record was found in the dumpster. Local CBS affiliate news station reported the incident. It found out that number of patient charts was thrown in the trash that contained PHI such as patients’ medical histories, Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses.

According to the reports, CBS affiliate discovered that the dumpster belonged to Filefax, a company that stores and transports medical records. The news station broadcasted news with inputs from dumpster driver. The women driver explained that Filefax had allowed her to take the papers a week prior and she had made ten trips with 1,000 pounds of Suburan’s medical records.

Filefax avoided news reporter after the incident. News station has alerted Northbrook police of the unsecure medical information, and police then ordered Filefax to secure the dumpster in their facility.

Hospital mentioned that its security policy mandates that the vendor destroy all medical files. They also said that they believe in protecting patient’s information at priority and this breach is isolated incident. The Illinois Attorney General and US Department of Health and Human Services are now investigating the breach.

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

8.8 To 18.8M Individuals affected by data breach

February 22nd, 2015

The recent revelation by Anthem was the continuation of previous data breach which was caused by hacking incident. Anthem, Inc spokesperson stated that anywhere from 8.8 million to 18.8 million non-customers could be impacted. The affected information included names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment data that may have included income information.

Credit card information, bank account numbers or other financial data were not affected. Anthem is a member of an independently run Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) national network and runs the BCBS healthcare plans in 14 states. Other states’ plans are independently run. Approximately 105 million individuals have coverage under the BCBS license in 37 different companies.

The Anthem spokesperson said that the facility’s investigation is in process, but it estimated that tens of millions of personal records were stolen during the breach. Federal and State investigations are also conducted along with internal investigation. Anthem will start sending notification to the affected individuals. As per the report, the Anthem’s drive was not encrypted which aggregated the breach.

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Sensitive information posted on Lone Star’s website

February 21st, 2015

Lone Star suffered data breach when sensitive data was posted on its website by the third party company working for them. According to the reports, exposed information included names, addresses, phone numbers and some dates of birth.

Lone Star CEO Rhonda Mudhenk told Roser that no financial information was compromised, and that the company at fault no longer works on Lone Star’s website.

Lone hired security expert to determine the parameters of breach. It is observed that many unauthorized individuals accessed the information. The clinic is offering one year credit monitoring services to the affected patients.

Mudhenk told Roser that Lone Star was taking the breach seriously, that the organization wanted to assure patients that no financial information was impacted, and that only five individuals had their full or partial Social Security number exposed.

Previous Lone Star breaches includes below incidents:

  • Lone Star suffered a data breach in May 2013 after an employee’s laptop was stolen affecting Protected Health Information (PHI)
  • The online exposure of information happened to the District Medical Group (DMG) affecting an unknown number of patient’s protected health information (PHI)

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Stolen server leads to data breach

February 18th, 2015

Three notices were sent to patients informing them about the data breach which was caused by burglary in California dentist Dr. Cathrine Steinborn’s office. Apparently, first notice didn’t contain enough information, as two more notices were sent.

“Your dental records and radiographs were fully backed up, so there will be no loss of continuity of care,” Steinborn wrote in the first data security notice. “However, your personal identity and insurance information is on the server and could be compromised.”

The first notification failed to notify patient’s the details of information may have been compromised by the data breach. Dr. Catherine explained that a door was forced open and the server containing patients’ electronic records was stolen.

A police report was filed and the dentist’s office is working with its property manager “to enhance the physical security of the building,” Steinborn explained.

Second letter mentioned that the dentist’s office does not store patients’ financial information, such as credit cards, or driver’s license numbers but keeps names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, dates of birth and group numbers on file. Also, patients’ Social Security numbers, as well as all patients’ health history and dental records are kept in office.

“Our server had two levels of password protection, but was not encrypted,” Steinborn said in the second letter. “Currently, our files are in the cloud, in an encrypted form. I will be having the new server encrypted. An IT specializing in HIPAA will complete a thorough risk evaluation and we will be implementing robust physical and IT security going forward.”

Final letter was about security aspects.

“We previously provided notice of this incident to you, and are providing you additional information about the incident and helpful information on protecting against identity theft and fraud.”

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Data breach due to device theft

February 15th, 2015

A medical facility in Tennessee suffered data breach when external hard drive was stolen from employee’s home. Along with hard drive, personal electronics were also stolen. The affected information includes patient demographic information, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, and first and last dates of clinic visits. In terms of employee data, the hard drive contained titles, office location, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, pay rates, hire dates, and termination dates (if applicable).

According to the Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation statement:

  • The employee was properly authorized to work on the data at home as part of his job.
  • The hard-drive was not encrypted
  • Patients and employees may wish to place a fraud alert on their credit reports. Questions may be directed to a toll-free helpline

Organization can consider below precaution to avoid data breach due to stolen devices:

  • Encryption of all the work devices – Smart phones, Tablets, Laptops and desktops
  • Passcode protection
  • IT security training for employees
  • Implementation of administrative, technical, and physical safeguards

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

A box of documents spilled off of a courier truck

February 13th, 2015

Kaiser Permanente suffered possible data breach when a box of documents spilled off of a courier truck. Incident took place during transit of box from Kaiser Permanente’s Kona Medical Office to storage. The company is notifying about 6,600 patients which includes – 4,000 patients who has their prescriptions electronically filled and the information may have been printed and included in the box of documents. The other 2,600 patients had their prescription paperwork in the box.

“Swift action by Kaiser Permanente employees allowed the retrieval of many of the documents, but unfortunately, not all were recovered,” the statement explained.

The documents were expired prescriptions. Affected information includes names, addresses, dates of birth, and medical record numbers. Moreover, the type and amount of specific medications were on the papers.

“You may get a letter and still not be affected,” Kaiser spokesperson Laura Lott told the news source. “But, we’re being very cautious because it’s the right thing to do.”

According to Kaiser Permanente statement:

Organization will offer credit monitoring to members whose Social Security numbers or driver’s license numbers was potentially exposed.

We are taking this matter very seriously and will inform each of the individuals whose information may have been involved in the incident,” Kaiser Permanente said. “As part of our outreach we are advising affected individuals to contact one of the national credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion) to place a fraud alert on their file.

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Hard Drive Stolen from Employee’s home

February 10th, 2015

A medical facility in Tennessee suffered data breach when employee was burglarized and the hard drive was stolen. Reportedly, the personal electronics was also stolen from employee’s home. According to the Baskin Cancer Foundation statement, the device contained patient demographic information, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, and first and last dates of clinic visits. In terms of employee data, the hard drive contained titles, office location, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, pay rates, hire dates, and termination dates (if applicable).

Highlights of the data breach and statement:

  • The employee was properly authorized to work on the data at home as part of his job.
  • The hard-drive was not encrypted
  • The affected individuals are patients who were seen at each of Boston Baskin’s office locations between 2008 and July 2014.
  • All affected individuals are being notified by mail.
  • Patients and employees may wish to place a fraud alert on their credit reports. Questions may be directed to a toll-free helpline

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Stolen laptop may lead to data breach

February 7th, 2015

Private behavioral and mental health non-profit organization may suffer data breach after it found out that several laptops were stolen from its Noblesville location, Indiana. Organization believed that laptops were not stolen for the information. The stolen laptops “may have resulted in the limited disclosure of personal information” for both employees and patients.

Affected information includes names, addresses, and Social Security numbers for employees and a few clients. Moreover, some clients’ medical record numbers and personal health information may have been on the devices. However, electronic medical records were not on the laptops. Aspire mailed notifications to approximately 45,000 individuals which included 1,500 Social Security number.

Aspire added that it is offering identity protection services to members whose information was potentially exposed.

“Our organization is committed to maintaining the privacy and security of the personal information in our control, and we sincerely regret this incident occurred,” Aspire President and CEO Rich DeHaven said. “We have taken steps to enhance our security, including upgrading our alarm and security systems. We remain committed to continually improving our IT and physical security to further protect our data and our clients.”

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.