Archive for May, 2014

Medical Records Found Blowing In the Wind Outside Hospital

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Medical records were found blowing in the wind outside a Kansas City hospital. The files contained the names, phone numbers, addresses, and social security numbers of former patients of the hospital. A witness described maintenance workers dumping materials into a dumpster which then began to blow around. The workers proceeded to walk away without regard for the documents.

Read the whole story here.

Following Best Practices For Disposing of Electronic Data

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

According to a new report released by Iron Mountain and TechTarget, companies have room for improvement when it comes to disposing of electronic data. Although companies have the best intentions, to destroy data to protect against security breaches, they should make sure they are following best practices. Some of the top tips are here:

-Establish a defensible, documented, and repeatable process to prepare, handle or transport, and destroy the data that resides on electronic media.

-Improve audit readiness using workflows that include security personnel assigned to monitor the destruction process.

-Ensure media scheduled for offsite destruction is securely transported with dedicated routes, thoroughly vetted drivers and a well-documented chain-of-custody.

-Avoid inadvertent disclosures by destroying sensitive or unencrypted data in the right manner at the right time.

-Establish methodologies that ensure reliability and consistency from collection through final destruction of end-of-life IT assets.

Check out the whole story here

Veteran Records to be Shredded Found Strewn Across Quincy Neighborhood

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

According to Quincy Police, private veteran records that were picked up by local company, Shred King, to be shredded were found strewn about the Massachusetts city. Surveillance video recorded from behind Quincy High School shows an object falling off the back of a white box truck. The documents contained personal information including social security numbers and benefit claims. Most of the victims are deceased however those that are still living will be contacted about the breach. The breach occurred last month.
Read the whole story here.