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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Children's Hospital Los Angeles breach reminds us that HIPAA means nothing if you ignore its requirements

Back in 2007 I wrote a blog post on what's it going to take to encrypt laptop hard drives. After seeing this recent story about Children's Hospital Los Angeles, I can't help but shake my head.
The 0 comments on this article says a lot as society is becoming immune to these breaches...I think I've heard it called breach fatigue - it's not unlike presidential politics as of late!
In 2007, these decisions were bad enough...Like weak passwords, unencrypted laptops - especially if they're known to have PHI or PII - are simply inexcusable knowing what we now know in 2017. Doctors are smarter than that.

If anything - like all other lost/stolen laptops with sensitive information that have been regulated by things such as HIPAA for 12+ years - it shows that government and industry laws can't force people to make good decisions. Furthermore, "smart" people in positions of power running businesses don't know as much about security as they think they do and aren't as immune to security gaffes as they think they are.

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