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The convenience, efficiency and cost benefits cloud computing offers organizations has made moving healthcare data and records to the cloud make sense for hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers. Security and data breaches are a concern for any industry utilizing the cloud, but healthcare unfortunately seems to be particularly vulnerable to attacks. The Washington Post recently reported that The Department of Homeland Security is fearful that the health industry is "inviting" an attack with its out-of-date policies and lack of oversight. A recent WIRED article discussed the current state of healthcare information in the cloud, including specifics on the vulnerabilities facing healthcare providers using cloud applications and why consumers should be concerned about their healthcare data being on the cloud. The Value of Healthcare Data According to the a... (more)

What PRISM & NSA Surveillance Mean for Enterprise Data on the Cloud

With recent revelations about NSA surveillance programs including PRISM and now XKeyscore, many organizations are concerned about the privacy of customer data and other sensitive business information being put on the cloud. Some are predicting that the public uncovering of these programs will lead to a decrease in use of U.S. cloud providers. It's been reported though, that other countries are obtaining information from the NSA's surveillance, including the UK, and there are regularly stories about China and Russia maintaining similar surveillance programs, making the avoidance o... (more)

The Security of Popular Cloud Storage Sites

For enterprises moving more business and customer data to the cloud, investigating and selecting an online storage solution can be a challenging task. A primary concern is the level of data security offered by the sites being considered. While the theme holds true across all of the major providers (Box, DropBox, SkyDrive), for the purpose of illustration I'll focus on DropBox since it is arguably the most popular site boasting over 100 million users. Here is where some of the concerns begin; DropBox experienced a major security breach in July 2012, specifically involving user pa... (more)

Hopefully We Will Find Out Strong Encryption or Tokenization Was in Place…

Like millions of other Americans, I learned the other night about the massive data breach at Target. The Washington Post is reporting that sensitive details on over 40 million credit and debit cards were exposed. While the information associated with the crime is still coming out, the implications of this breach could be enormous. Forrester's John Kindervag was quoted in the Washington Post article I read saying that "whatever money Target thought they were going to see the holiday season just got flushed down the data breach toilet." The costs they potentially face include ever... (more)

The Future of the EU-US Safe Harbor Data Privacy Policy

Last year's revelations of government surveillance programs by the NSA and others, along with possible lack of enforcement of the Safe Harbor program by the FTC, caused the European Civil Liberties Committee to recommend suspending the entire EU-U.S. Safe Harbor approach. If the recommendation was followed, the implications for businesses would be dramatic. U.S. companies would no longer be able to enjoy the simplified data sharing policy currently in place for those that are able to meet EU requirements to earn Safe Harbor certification. Certified companies are able to transfer ... (more)