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Maryland facility scam hit by Email Phishing scam

April 27th, 2015

Maryland-based St. Agnes Health Care, Inc. recently mentioned on its website that it suffered data breach when one of its employees was the victim of an email phishing scam. St. Agnes said that it sent data breach notification letters to approximately 25,000 patients. It included the warning as protected information was potentially exposed.

“We are taking the necessary and appropriate steps to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future,” Saint Agnes Corporate Responsibility Officer Sharon McNamara said in a statement. “Specifically, we will continue to implement administrative, technical and physical safeguards against unauthorized access of protected health information.  In this instance, we reported the incident to our email service provider and are evaluating additional ways to enhance our already robust security program.”

The affected information includes patient names, dates of birth, genders, medical record numbers, insurance information, and limited clinical information. There were four cases where Social Security numbers were exposed.

“Through a fraudulent e-mail communication, sophisticated hackers gained access to protected health information contained in an employee e-mail account,” the statement read.

The statement failed to mention the date and time of breach incident.  Identity monitoring and protection services will be offered free of charge as appropriate for individuals whose social security number has been compromised by this incident.

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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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Facts You Should Know about Cyber Insurance

March 24th, 2014


Cyber insurance is to protect losses against cyber threat and losses. Cyber Insurance is not a new concept but many companies don’t have cyber insurance policies still today. The growth for cyber insurance is slow because market is very complex and inconsistent.  Cyber insurance can be costly too which can go around $35,000 for a $1 million in coverage which is still less compared to costs of major breach.

It is important to know about cyber insurance and how can it benefit the organizations.

Cyber insurance is specific

Your general liability and professional indemnity insurance is not cyber insurance. General liabilities frequently cover basics like physical damage and not data breach. A simple virus can cost millions in terms of losses. Most of general liability insurer deliberately neglect the data breach clause.

All are not equal

Cyber insurance is still considered to be relatively nascent stage. It is a decade old concept to save the companies from data breach. A standard cyber insurance policy may not cover exact need of your organization. It is important to access your needs and go your proposed policy to negotiate best suitable terms.

Data loss cover

Cyber insurance policy should go beyond hacking and cover data loss. A minor data loss can cause significance damage to the company.

Example: Massachusetts General Hospital had to pay a $1 million fine to the US Department of Health and Human Services after an employee of Partners HealthCare left the records of 192 patients on a train.

Cyber insurance vs. good security

Cyber insurance is not the license to neglect security constraint of data. You have to perform assessment and audits to check the policies to secure the data.

“Being able to prove that they weren’t negligent could save organizations millions in the long-run,” explains Jamie Bouloux, a cyber insurance liability executive at AIG. “If something happens when a client loses data, they can tell the regulator that they did everything within reason to try to ensure that there was an environment of security where its employees knew how to handle client information.”

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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.

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