Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Encrypt your laptop.. NOW

Miaoulis Note:  If you have not started to encrypt your laptops you should... The cost is relatively inexpensive and the potential impact is just too big.  When conducting your risk analysis, the probability of losing a laptop is high and if it contains non-encrypted Protected Health Information, the impact is Serious.  Based on the data, etc. you have a high risk and high risks should be addressed ASAP.  Here is just another in a long line of Hospital Breaches involving Laptops.  (Also would apply to flash drives, backup tapes, and other mobile media.

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/south-carolinas-spartanburg-regional-notifies-patients-of-possible-data-breach.htmlSpartanburg (S.C.) Regional Hospital has notified thousands of patients of a possible data breach of their personal and medical information after a hospital laptop was stolen from a hospital employee's car in March, according to a WSPA news report.

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