Hospital’s laptops lacked proper encryption software to keep data safe

According to HIPAA rules, it is not enough for medical facility devices to have passwords - they must be encrypted to keep patient data safe.

The Press-Citizen, an Iowa City newspaper, reported that a deputy state auditor found that about half of more than 500 laptops issued to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) employees last summer did not have the encryption software necessary to protect sensitive information.

Business impact analysis can greatly benefit severe weather cleanup

Excessive rain from Hurricane Sandy caused major flood damage to many East Coast businesses. With comprehensive risk analysis, companies can prepare themselves for a multitude of situations.

It only took Hurricane Sandy a few days to sweep across the East Coast, but the damages continue to pile up months down the line. Many businesses are still feeling the superstorm's wrath and are working hard to get back to regular operations.

Disaster recovery planning must account for changing technologies

It's important for businesses to have a disaster recovery plan that accounts for new technological initiatives.

One new technology that is becoming more prevalent in daily operations is cloud computing. Panelists at the annual State of the Net technology policy conference discussed what companies should take into consideration when trying to integrate their systems.

New York winter proves problematic for Sandy survivors

Many New York neighborhoods are still without heat following Hurricane Sandy. Temporary housing has been created, along with portable heaters.

The Associated Press explored how some New York residents are still facing difficulties following Hurricane Sandy. The rebuilding process has been far from easy, and many are still unable to return to their homes and have had to find shelter elsewhere.

Small businesses can still apply for disaster recovery loans

A comprehensive business continuity plan can be greatly beneficial after a natural disaster to get companies back to normal operations.

Businesses and nonprofit organizations that apply for the program could receive up to $2 million to repair or replace storm-damaged property. Homeowners could be eligible for as much as $200,000 in assistance to fix their residence.

Utah Department of Health suffers security breach with lost USB drive

A lost USB memory stick caused the Utah Department of Health to suffer from its second massive data breach in just one year.

While this event involves a lost device, the previous breach occurred last March when Eastern European hackers gained access to healthcare information for close to 780,000 Medicaid patients in Utah. 

New Jersey towns consider sea walls to protect against future storms

Some New Jersey towns are considering the use of steel sea walls, to protect against damage from future severe weather.

According to the Associated Press, some East Coast areas are toying with the idea of steel sea walls. The extra protection would provide a barrier between the boardwalks and the shoreline in order to stop devastating storm surges from breaking through.

Minnesota DNR employee accesses information of 5,000 people

Working with business continuity consultants can help organizations create thorough education programs for employees, ensuring that all workers understand the latest  security measures.

Properly educating workers on company protocol is important for businesses of all sizes. As technology is ever-evolving, it's crucial to ensure that all workers are up-to-date on the latest security measures.

Tennessee braces for impact against dangerous ice storms

A comprehensive business continuity plan that accounts for severe weather can be greatly beneficial for companies across multiple industries.

A state of emergency was issued for Tennessee and according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), as much as a quarter inch to half inch of ice could coat roadways and power lines.

Data breach fine proves companies of all sizes need to take precautions

Even small businesses need to ensure they have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that accounts for different data security issues.

In 2010, the Hospice of North Idaho experienced a security issue when a laptop was stolen filled with unencrypted information containing health data on 441 patients.

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