According to a DHS Report from 17 December 2010, 15,000 Social Security numbers have been stolen from the computers of a New York state agency.
According to The Social Security Administration in New York City, a subcontractor working for the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance has stolen the Social Security numbers. The subcontractor stole the data while performing upgrades, for computers belonging to private contractors working for the agency. The agency decides Social Security disability claims. Read more
Personal information of more than 760,000 of the current and former Ohio State University students, faculty and staff was repeatedly compromised earlier this year by hackers who managed to access an unsecured university server. Starting this week, according to an advisory posted on the university’s website, school officials said they began sending out notification letters all affected individuals.
A routine IT security review discovered the breach, during late October. This breach allowed hackers to access student and staff files containing names, social security numbers, birth dates and addresses. Read more
Peter Hustinx, European data protection supervisor, has signaled a change of approach when dealing with EU institutions. According to a new policy paper, The European data protection supervisor (EDPS) will enforce accountability and tougher punitive measures when it comes to EU institutions, especially for serious, deliberate or repeated non-compliance with laws.
The document was published Yesterday and aims to provide greater transparency on the framework that allows EDPS, Peter Hustinx, to monitor, measure and ensure data protection compliance in the EU’s various institutions and bodies.
Accountability is emphasised the most in this document, thus EU bodies are required to take the appropriate measures to ensure compliance with data protection laws. Read more
A recent survey by Forrester Research shows that the lack of qualified security staff is one of the main reasons IT managers cannot successfully secure the enterprise. Their survey of over 2,000 IT executives in the US, UK, Canada, France and Germany found that one of the key problems behind corporate IT security is getting qualified staff to do the job.Almost half of the It managers in the US and Europe are dealing with this issue.
“Security leaders feel that they simply don’t have enough staff to carry out day-to-day tactical activities while adjusting to major business and IT shifts and changing threats,” said Forrester principal analyst Khalid Kark.
8,000 patients of the University of Tennessee Medical Center are being alerted about a possible privacy breach risk as hospital reports that contained personal information were not properly disposed of.
According to UT Medical Center spokesman, Jim Ragonese, there is no actual proof that such information was disclosed, used or accessed inappropriately.
“We are providing letter recipients with information about how to receive free credit reports and are creating a toll-free telephone line specifically to answer questions pertaining to this incident,” Ragonese said via e-mail. Read more