Laptop was stolen from U.S. Healthworks employee car. According to the reports, the device was unencrypted but was password protected. Affected information includes employee names, addresses, dates of birth, job titles, and Social Security numbers.
The statement failed to mention the place of theft and the number of affected patients. U.S. Healthworks are offering one year membership of Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert. This product helps to detect possible misuse of personal information and provides superior identity protection services.
“We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause you,” the statement read. “To help prevent something like this from happening again, we are enhancing our procedures related to deployment of laptops and full disk encryption.”
U.S. Healthworks mentioned that they are working with law enforcement to locate the laptop. Also, facility believes that they have no reason to believe that any of patients’ information has been accessed or used improperly.
Theft forms important factor in data breaches. So, for BYOD employee the use of encryption software is beneficial. Incident above leads to data breach which can be avoided using encryption software.
Encryption converts the original form of the information into encoded text which can be opened only using authorized codes. Unauthorized person will not be able to translate the data for their own.
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Unencrypted laptops present a major risk of data loss. 80% of information theft is due to lost or stolen laptops and other equipment. About 50% of network intrusions are performed with credentials gathered from lost or stolen devices. The penalties for a data breach are severe not only in terms of the monetary fines imposed on the organization, but also the potential loss of trust from customers and suppliers. Encryption software greatly enhances the security of your organization’s data as the information is not compromised if a laptop is lost or stolen.
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