The US Department of Taxation (DOTAX) decided to take a closer look at how their systems work this year. The process of evaluation included a security audit which lead to discovering internal security breaches dating back to 2008. DOTAX celebrated the three years of undiscovered breaches by putting employees of the Hawaii DOTAX on administrative leave without pay and starting a comprehensive investigation.
The breaches affected the Department’s computer tax database but no one knows when they occurred, it is suspected they happened at least as far back as 2008.The discovered incidents were immediately turned over to the Department of the Attorney General for review and investigation. Read more
Based on the many stories about data breaches reported by organizations in the healthcare industry, from hospitals to insurance companies and other third-party companies that deal with healthcare data, we could have guessed this is not even close to being a top sector when it comes to data security. A new report released by the Ponemon Institute now brings even further insight into the state of the healthcare industry, showing a spike in data breaches of over 30% and average annual costs of 6.5 billion US dollars.
The “2011 Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security,” commissioned by IDExperts, idendified employee error to be one of the main cause for data breaches in hospitals and healthcare providers. These types of organizations in the healthcare industry suffered an average of four data breaches in the past year. Nearly 30 percent of healthcare companies said the breaches they suffered resulted in medical identity theft – an over 25 percent increase over 2010. Read more