MGA Home Healthcare Colorado, Inc. recently suffered data breach after a laptop was stolen from an employee’s locked vehicle. Facility is notifying 3,119 patients about the incident.
As per the statement, ‘MGA is committed to the privacy of its patients’ and employees’ information and regrets any concerns or inconveniences that this incident may have caused.For further information and assistance, potentially affected individuals may contact MGA’s incident response service provider, AllClear ID.’
Theft reportedly took place sometime between August 19, 2016 and August 20, 2016 while MGA came to know about it on August 20. Facility notified law enforcement.
MGA said that it is conducting a thorough review of the potentially affected records to confirm what information was exposed. Affected information included names, addresses and other demographic information. Information about MGA-provided healthcare services may have also been exposed. for some patients. Also, thirty two patients had their Social Security number or driver’s license number included in the laptop.
“MGA has no evidence that the information on the laptop has been accessed or used,” MGA maintained. “As a precaution, MGA is offering identity theft protection services to affected individuals. MGA is committed to the privacy of its patients’ and employees’ information and regrets any concerns or inconveniences that this incident may have caused.”
Ways to secure your laptop:
Provide a login name and password to access your system
Some laptop comes with authentication gestures. It is part of hardware solution which can be utilised to secure your laptop
Encrypted File Systems
First understand what is a file system. Each operating system uses some algorithm to store and retrieve data from your hard disk. Encrypted File Systems layer themselves on top of an existing file system
Through this method encrypting individual files or directories manually is carried out. There are various tools available in the market to do so.
Tracing and Tracking
With the help of tracking feature/companies you can know the location of the laptop. The laptop must be connected to the internet to send the location pointer.
Alertsec Endpoint Encrypt is the full disk encryption service that delivers a mobile data protection system for all information stored on laptops used throughout your organization.