Report: Mobile Device Theft Tops Risk List
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.September 19, 2012
A new report has revealed that the top healthcare privacy risk is the theft of mobile devices, according to American Medical News. Of the reported breach cases, 52 percent involved the theft of portable devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets. Kaufman Rossin Director of Information Security and Compliance Jorge Rey—a co-author of the report—said there was a drop in reported breaches, indicating more organizations are complying with HIPAA, but the rise in mobile device theft “was concerning because physical security is usually your easiest area of risk to address.” Editor’s Note: The IAPP will host the preconference workshop on data breaches, Courtroom Showdown: The U.S. and UK vs. MegaCorp, at this year’s Privacy Academy in San Jose, CA.