Sutter Breach Notes

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As I’ve preached before, if you are going to store PHI on a mobile device (laptop, external hard drive, etc), you better make sure that you encrypt the hard drive. Typically, I am less concerned about desktop PC’s and servers as, you should have proper physical security systems in place. The recent Sutter Medical Foundation Read More

Do as I say, not as I…Oops!

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Take a look at a list of PHI breaches and there are a few items that stand out: Many are at the hands of a contractor Most are portable storage device losses or theft (this includes tapes, laptops, etc) Lots are at big government entities One of the goals of HIPAA regulations is to give Read More

Smart Phone, Dumb User

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Isn’t it great having a phone that is more powerful than a desktop computer from just a few years ago? All the information you ever need, right there at your finger tips. Your smart phone has access to: Your contact list Your home address (a few clicks and a thief can be at your home) Read More

The Fire Upstairs

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Imagine this: you pull up to your office in the morning to see fire trucks putting out a fire in the office above yours. As you arrive, the flames are gone, but there is still smoke and steam coming from the building. You look around and notice that the fire never made it to your Read More

Password Hacks

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Thanks to the recent issue of cell phone voice mail hacking, we get to talk some more about password strength. The Wall Street Journal just had an article about cell phone hacks. You can see a previous article written on password buffoonery here. What is interesting to note with voice mail is typically they are Read More