Security breach renders part of cloud storage unsafe

By Sonian
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August 23, 2013
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Businesses have a huge wealth of data that could be put to nefarious use if these files were to fall into the wrong hands.

 

Businesses have a huge wealth of data that could be put to nefarious use if these files were to fall into the wrong hands. Cloud storage protection becomes front and center when it comes to keeping these files and applications out of harm’s way. Facilitating these shifts in data management means companies need to be aware of how their files are moving through the cloud, thereby ensuring monitoring and protection of these valuable assets at every junction.

This recently became an issue for a major healthcare provider in Iowa. Omaha Online reported that Genesis Health System was subject to a substantial data breach wherein its transcription service was not using adequate firewalls for its cloud storage facilities. The source stated that this resulted in the loss of about 1,200 patient files, including information on names and follow-up care procedure.

Though the provider stated that there was no truly sensitive data lost, including Social Security numbers and billing information, the fact that these files were taken is a strong indication that better data management is needed. Businesses need to be sure that their information solutions are properly encrypted and monitored at all times, even when working with other users in the cloud.

 


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