Second Largest Health Insurer is Latest Victim to Cyber Attack

Forty million U.S. customers of Anthem Inc are on high alert of possible identity theft after the health insurer reported a massive cyber security breath. The company said the “very sophisticated attack” involved one of its IT systems and hackers stole former and current customers’ birthdays, social security numbers and contact and employment information including income data. To read the …

Documents In Dumpster Prompt Actions To Avoid Medical Data Breaches

The story is so often told. Small businesses think, “This will never happen to us. It’s the big corporations that experience medical data breaches, not the small neighborhood offices.” But then it does. And it’s devastating. Medical Data Breaches Since 2009, over 29 million patient health records have been compromised in HIPAA data breaches. That number increased by 138 percent from 2012 to …

Information Protection Spending Increasing Rapidly

These days, it’s tough to not be a part of a data breach. If billion dollar companies, like Target and eBay, can’t even protect themselves from security break-ins, how are small businesses expected to protect themselves? The answer is becoming clear – increase spending on information protection. Information security is now a necessity for businesses that are becoming more aware …

Reselling Hard Drives Can Lead To Identity Theft

The movie “Office Space” vividly illustrates the joy in destroying an electronic device. After dealing with a defective printer for too long, the employees take it outside and smash it to pieces. Yes, they were able to let out some built up rage, but they also avoided having the confidential information stored in that printer get into the wrong hands. …

Data Breach Exposes A Billion Records In Largest Online Hack

After a recent data breach by a Russian crime ring, no one is safe online. The crime ring accumulated the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials. A security firm out of Milwaukee uncovered the hacking of 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. The hackers got a hold of internet credentials from Fortune …

IRS Hard Drive Scandal Highlights Government Weaknesses

Information security is all about accountability. Keeping track of secure data gives individuals, businesses, and the government a responsibility to protect. Hard Drive Scandal Recently the secure hard drive destruction process within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was compromised. The tables turned on the IRS, an organization that closely watches the U.S. revenue system, when all eyes needed to be …

Recent Data Breaches Prove Value of Secure Hard Drive Shredding

We too often hear stories of a laptop or hard drive finding their way into the wrong hands. Once these confidential information-bearing devices get swiped from a non-secure area, trouble immediately starts boiling. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), medical facilities are held responsible for information that passes through their offices on a daily basis. Non-medical related companies …

Omaha Bank Gets “Happy” In Dance Video

Omaha’s American National Bank branch got “Happy” in celebration of Mayor Jean Stother’s newly initiated “Day of Happiness.” Even DataShield made our way into the celebration (1:57). Watch Personal Banker Buddy Hogan play the part of Pharrell Williams in this vibrantly contagious music video: DataShield Celebrating “Day of Happiness” [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSu6nP0fjHc&w=560&h=315]

Top 2013 Data Breaches We Are Still Dealing With In 2014

The New Year started out rough in the data security world. Companies that uncovered data infringements continue to suffer long-term consequences that are taking months, likely years, to fix. Repercussions of the massive Target data breach from the end of 2013 continue to escalate. As one of the largest data breaches in retail history, it’s no surprise that our list …