Is Document Destruction More Than Just Paper Shredding?

Last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade made headlines for using confidential police documents as confetti. The shredded documents were found on the street and contained identifiable information about Nassau County police officers. Initially, the concern was that a 3rd party paper shredding company had sold the paper shred to be used as confetti. It was later discovered that an employee …

10 Common Myths Regarding Document Destruction

From laws requiring the protection of personal information to company secrets, it has become increasingly important to properly destroy information before discarding it. Yet, there are many myths surrounding document destruction, some of which have significant repercussions. Listed below are 10 common myths that may lead some astray when it comes to document destruction and paper shredding. “Not all businesses …

The Hidden Security Dangers of Your Office Copier Part II

In a previous blog entitled, “The Hidden Security Dangers of Your Office Copier” we discussed the dangers of information stored on office copiers. Since 2002, digital copy machines have been equipped with hard drives that save and store all scanned, faxed, and copied documents. One organization discovered this the hard way. Affinity Health Plan, Inc., of New York was hit …

Is the Data Storage in Your Smartphone a Window into Your Life?

It seems as though every few months our smartphones are getting smarter and smarter. The ability to provide immediate information, an instant connection, geo-tagging, or even mobile banking has provided a convenience that leaves us wondering how we ever managed without it. Though the technology is ever advancing and making our lives innumerably better, the abundance of information in a …

Confidential Documents Found in Atlanta Dumpster

By Erica Byfield Atlanta – From WSBTV Discovery of Confidential Documents A tip from a Channel 2 Action News viewer has led to the discovery of hundreds of documents with people’s names, birth dates and Social Security numbers in a dumpster. Gregory Evans told Channel 2’s Erica Byfield he was walking his dog on Renaissance Parkway in midtown Atlanta on …

World’s Biggest Data Breaches Visualized

There’s a great infographic at InformationIsBeautiful.net showing some of the largest data breaches in the world. This graph is interactive and has some great information! Credits Design & concept: David McCandless Code: Tom Evans Tech: VizSweet Balloon Race Research: Miriam Quick, Ella Hollowood, Christian Miles, Dan Hampson Sources: IdTheftCentre, DataBreaches.net, news reports Data: bit.ly/bigdataleaks

It is all About Your Written Policies and Procedures

“… It’s really not about patient data security,” Larry Ponemon, founder of the Ponemon Institute, told InformationWeek Healthcare. “Things aren’t getting better – they’re getting worse.” Since the beginning of 2010, Ponemon Institute has seen an increase of over 36% in data security threats to healthcare organizations. “Almost every hospital [surveyed] suffered one data breach, and 45% suffered more than …

Walgreens to pay $1.44 million over HIPAA violation

From Indy Star News written by Tim Evans A Marion County jury Friday awarded a woman $1.44 million after finding Walgreens and a pharmacist violated her privacy when the pharmacist looked up and shared the woman’s prescription history. The lawsuit filed in Marion Superior Court spun out of a tangled relationship between the pharmacist, her husband and the man’s ex-girlfriend. …

3 Things You Need to Know About Third-Party Security Risks

In doing due diligence with your business’ security policies, it’s extremely important to make sure you understand every possible risk to your customers’ data. Here are 3 things you need to know about third-party security risks. Third-Party Security Risks 1. Your business is on the hook for third-party data breaches Despite whatever policies you may have laid out, your business …