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Where Office 365 Falls Short in Securing PHI

By Mike Schuricht  |  August 8, 2016 at 11:49 AM  | 

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Healthcare organizations struggle with BYOD security when they adopt cloud applications and are forced to figure out how to protect apps like Office 365. Securing Office 365 becomes even more difficult when medical practitioners work for multiple hospitals since only one mobile security solution, like an MDM, can be installed on a device at a time. However, this is only part of the problem. Securing protected health information (PHI), stored and shared by healthcare professionals, is the real challenge.

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Security and Compliance for Healthcare

By Bitglass  |  February 25, 2016 at 2:18 PM  | 



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Why do hackers target healthcare data?

By Salim Hafid  |  February 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM  | 

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Healthcare data is an incredibly valuable commodity to hackers, so it's no surprise that organizations known to store Protected Health Information (PHI) are increasingly targeted by hackers that see the value in their trove of data. A recent Ponemon institute report found the cost of stolen healthcare records to be $363, far more than stolen credit card information simply because it's likely to remain valid for much longer.

While a credit card can quickly be cancelled and the number changed, often with no liability on the part of the user, leaked medical information often leads to identity theft and very few protections for the victim. A criminal could go about opening new accounts and requesting loans in your name without your knowledge, and without active credit monitoring, you would be none the wiser.

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One in three Americans were affected by healthcare breaches in 2015

By Salim Hafid  |  January 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM  | 

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With every major breach we hear statistics in the press about how many records were leaked - millions, tens of millions, maybe more - but it can be difficult to appreciate the scale of these hacking incidents in aggregate. Consider this - in 2015, healthcare breaches in the US, the medical records and personal information belonging to 113M individuals was exposed. That's one in three Americans' names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and medical claims information out in the wild.

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