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Expert: Breaches Indicate Need for Restricted Employee Data Use

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

April 25, 2012

InformationWeek reports on the need to limit employee access to personal data, evidenced by two recent data breaches at state Medicaid agencies. Earlier this month, Utah health officials reported that 780,000 individuals were affected when hackers accessed state computers, and South Carolina health officials recently disclosed a breach affecting 228,435. Employee access to confidential data is increasing, said security expert Bill Morrow, because organizations are using web browsers, which "contain critical security gaps that create significant risks," as the viewing platform. Morrow suggests using "hardened browsers," which allow organizations to limit data collection and specify how it can then be used, preventing unauthorized movement.
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