Disk Encryption and Software Patching Provide Safe Harbor and Good Security Practices to Protect Against Theft and Data Breaches

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times says, “A new analysis of government records, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA, found that close to a thousand large data breaches affected 29 million medical records between 2010 and 2013. 

Nearly 60% were the result of theft, reported study coauthors Dr. Vincent Liu, of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, and Dr. Mark A. Musen and Timothy Chou, of Stanford University.”

This article validates Alvaka Networks and Noloki research that shows 53% of data breaches are a result of unencrypted lost or stolen PCs, laptops and tablets.  Another large bulk of breaches are from poorly patched servers and applications.   Our patching service and managed disk encryption service can provide enhanced security and safe harbor in the event of a breach, but most importantly, if you are doing both these things you probably won't have a breach.  If you are not actively doing patch management and disk encryption you need come up with a program ASAP or engage a firm like Alvaka Networks to assist you with that responsibility.

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