Data Breach Trivia from OCR’s “Wall of Shame”

Don Miller

The HITECH Act mandates that the HHS Secretary must post a list of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals. The list is compiled and published in its “Breach Notification Portal,” which has become known as the “Wall of Shame.”

The Wall of Shame shows that more than 160 breaches have been added so far in 2018, and here’s some trivia gleaned from the Wall of Shame: (1) “unauthorized access/disclosure” breaches are the most common type of incident; (2) second most commonly reported type of breach is hacking incidents, which affect far more individuals than other types of breaches; and (3) 2 dozen breaches involved loss/theft of #unencrypted computing devices.

Stay cyber-safe with #encrypted devises and by using #encryption when transmitting data.