Since our 2010 Protected Health Information Breach Report was released, we have been asked a lot about trends in the industry. Well, just in the last couple weeks, a number of breaches have been released that occurred at the end of 2010. This includes 16 incidents, over half the result of theft and involving some type of portable media.
The worst case involved 1.7 million records compromised as a result of 1) unencrypted backup tapes and 2) business associate leaves tapes unattended. The trends are becoming more clear. Protect sensitive information in transit and storage, and perform sufficient due diligence on all business associates that have access to your sensitive information.