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You May Need a “Remote Kill Switch” for Your Documents

document kill switchBetween the alleged hacks from the Russian government in the news and the constant barrage of data breach headlines, it is obvious that the loss or theft of confidential data is a top priority for most organizations.  With the proliferation of mobile devices this is becoming even worse.

While reports from numerous analysts predict a slow down in growth of mobile devices, the number of business users that use phones and tablets to share information is at an all-time high.  Considering that thousands of mobile devices are lost or stolen each month, companies need to understand the issue of exposing confidential information.  Phone manufacturers have long employed the ability to remotely kill a lost cell phone or application that may cause issues on the device.  Numerous MDM (mobile device management) applications can also do a remote wipe and help to protect devices.  So you think that you have all the bases covered – think again!

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Healthcare Data Breach – Unauthorized Access for Seven Years

Healthcare Data Breach - Unauthorized Access for Seven YearsUnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital has made the news very recently as one of the latest healthcare environments that had a data breach. While on the surface this news appears to be just another healthcare data breach, there is something very different about it; the breach occurred over a span of seven years and was only recently discovered and reported.

A “former employee” accessed 1,620 patient records that contained personal information and may have seen patients’ names, home addresses, dates of birth, medical and health insurance account numbers, and health information related to their treatments.

The Allen Hospital compliance team detected inappropriate access that started in September 2009 and ended in March 2016.  They started a review that resulted in the notification of the breach to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and impacted patients.

Why was this inappropriate access not immediately detected with all the technology in place to ensure HIPAA compliance?  What was missing?

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Data-Centric Security in the Boardroom

Boardroom Data Security starts by protecting board communications and documentsWith so many high profile data breaches in the public eye recently, cyber security is now front and center in many organizations.  Globally cyber attacks and data leaks are daily threats to organizations, reminding everyone that we are all potential targets. Attorneys are warning about potential individual liability for corporate directors who do not take appropriate responsibility for oversight of cyber security while investors and regulators are pushing boards to step up their oversight.  As a result, corporate boards have woken up to the call that they must address cyber security issues on their front lines, as it is no longer just an Information Technology issue.

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Fasoo Monthly Newsletter – February 2016

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Fasoo February 2016 Newsletter
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Is the FBI Request to Unlock an iPhone a Good Idea?

Is the FBIs Request to Unlock an iPhone a Good IdeaOn February 16, 2016, a US judge ordered Apple to help the FBI search an iPhone belonging to the man responsible for the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.  The shooting, which the FBI has classified as a terrorist attack, is under investigation and the agency is trying to understand details that they are hoping to find on the shooter’s iPhone.

The phone is protected by Apple encryption and user credentials, and the FBI hasn’t been able to hack into it.  The judge ordered Apple to disable or bypass the functions that protect the phone by erasing data after a number of failed attempts to access it.  This, according to the order, will assist the FBI in its investigation.

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