Report: Data breaches from unencrypted devices up 525% in 2011

Dan Bowman reports on a new report by Redspin that analyzed breaches reported to HHS:

According to the report, nearly 40 percent of all major PHI breaches occurred on a laptop or other portable media device, a problem the authors say isn’t likely to go away anytime soon.

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In the last year alone, data breaches stemming from employees losing unencrypted devices spiked a whopping 525 percent, according to the report. Total records breached in that same span nearly doubled (97 percent), increasing the average number of patient records per breach from nearly 27,000 to more than 49,000.

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Related: Redspin press release

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