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Monday, August 25, 2014

Data breaches impact health care patients and consumers

In light of recent data breaches, decision-makers need to reevaluate the way they protect their networks. 

Category:   Secure File Transfer

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Security flaws are a growing concern for consumers, enterprise leaders, and public officials across the globe, and there appears to be no end to the string of data breaches that continue to dominate headlines and boardroom conversations. However, decision-makers don't seem to be thinking outside of the box when it comes to protecting their networks —solutions such as firewalls and other external protective measures remain popular approaches but fail to live up to their defensive claims. Secure file transfer solutions fortify infrastructures from the inside out and deliver results. 

Same old story
From Target's highly-publicized breach last year to the recent discovery of more than 1 billion user credentials aggregated by Russian hackers, there's no shortage of stories highlighting the alarming lack of security measures in the corporate and public IT environments. The most recently targeted entity was health care provider Community Health Services, which, according to CNN Money, fell victim to an attack on 206 hospitals across the nation. The source noted that 4.5 million user credentials were stolen by perpetrators, reigniting the urgency of today's security demands. 

Details including Social Security numbers, physical addresses, names, birthdays, and telephone numbers spanning a timeframe of five years were hijacked from hospital databases, as archived information was not protected with the same level of scrutiny as that of current patients. Community Health Services reportedly found that the hackers were based in China and utilized malware to tap into its infrastructure in April and June. 

United Parcel Service also experienced a recent breach resulting in stolen information from 51 of its stores across 24 states, according to The Wall Street Journal. Despite the company employing private networks across its 4,400 franchises nationwide, its outdated anti-virus software was unable to detect the malicious software hackers deployed earlier this year. The company claimed it limited the damage of the breach, but UPS may sustain damage to its reputation as the result of the attack. 

"As soon as we became aware of the potential malware intrusion, we deployed extensive resources to quickly address and eliminate this issue. Our customers can be assured that we have identified and fully contained the incident," said Tim Davis, president of the UPS Store subsidiary, as quoted by the source.

A new approach
Companies clearly cannot rely on their legacy security measures to keep up with the advanced methods of today's cybercriminals. Secure file transfer software is a reliable way to strengthen the integrity of network operations and build a safer digital ecosystem.