Did you know that over half of data targeted for breaches is medical data? As detailed in Experian’s blog, ”…the total national economic impact of medical identity theft crimes is more than $30 billion.”
On April 21st, Lynn Goodendorf, CIPP, CISSP, Owner and CEO of Good Security Consulting LLC presented an update on data breaches to our chapter. Here is one item that captured my attention:
True story: The North Bronx Healthcare Network had unencrypted back-up tapes stolen from their unlocked & unattended company van on December 23, 2010 affecting approximately 1.7 million people. It is amazing to me that with all of the advancements in technology (and legislation) that we make, that companies are still transporting unencrypted sensitive information!!!
“The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) on February 9, 2011 began to notify 1.7 million patients, staff, contractors, vendors and others who were treated by and/or provided services during the past twenty years for or at Jacobi Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital, or their offsite clinics, which comprise the North Bronx Healthcare Network. The notification is about a recent reported theft of electronic record files that contained their personal information, protected health information (PHI), or personally identifiable employee medical information (PIEMI).”
Click here for the full Data Theft Notification
When will we learn from our past mistakes… let me know your thoughts.