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Data Breach: Are You Next (or Again)?

A data breach is closer than you think. As the percentage of data breaches increase, the risk of organizations losing your sensitive data also increases. No one wants to receive the news that some or all of their personally identifiable information (PII) was stolen. There are people who are victims of various phishing scams, but it is more likely that your information will be leaked or stolen from an organization.

The health care industry is currently in the spotlight, as they are moving to mandated Electronic Health Records (EHR) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is investigating the two main health care related data privacy concerns today: how to protect patient information and what is the financial harm or cost per record if it is stolen.

The numbers are staggering. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (, there have already been 47 reported leaks or breaches in the health care realm this year. That is about one every other day (102 additional reported breaches if counting business and government).

In the world of data security; breaches are no longer thought of in terms of "if," but "when." Fortunately, there are easy steps companies and health care organizations can take to protect the PII that they maintain from direct hacking attempts. The procedures data security companies recommend you acquire begin with the following:

  • Require strong passwords
  • Use encryption to protect files in motion and at rest
  • Reduce the number of computers that process sensitive information
  • Audit every transaction
  • Limit the number of accounts that can access the critical data

The organization you own or work for doesn't have to be the next headline, start researching different options to protect your customer's sensitive data and keep your organization from a possible breach. The fines and surcharges are exponentially higher than purchasing a secure managed file transfer solution or a database encryption tool. Not sure where to start? Read the Top 10 Managed File Transfer Considerations.


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  1. FTP is easy but is it secure?:
    Apr 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    [...] because FTP is not secure, the company increases its risk for a data breach.  Costs to notify those affected when a data breach occurs, combined with the fines that can be [...]

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