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[Dataloss] Data Loss Analysis of Hospital Trust Records Loss

From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Mon Jun 15 2009 - 13:55:30 CDT

Data Loss Analysis of Hospital Trust Records Loss
By Penny Reyes

Summary: A UK based Hospitals Trust announced the loss of over 2,000
orthotic patient records. The records were apparently stored on 3 laptops
stolen on separate occasions, the first in March 2006, the second in 2007,
and the third in February 2008. It was only in April 2009 that the Trust
apparently learned that they contained personally identifiable patient
data and made the losses public in mid-May 2009.

Cause: This kind of loss is one of the most common, as individuals fail to
take adequate care of the physical media that highly sensitive is stored
upon. An ever increasing number of private and public sector data losses
are being publicized, partly due to disclosure requirements of an
increasing number of US states and partly due to organizations wishing to
contain negative PR, losses of this type however have been an issue since
networks were opened and early workforce mobility drives saw systems users
move to laptops, PDAs and smart phones. The breach in question was a
result of laptops stolen while in the possession of employees
subcontracted to the Trust.

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