A data breach can cause companies – especially those in the healthcare field – a massive loss of consumer trust. Pixabay We’re looking at you, Singhealth. A recent report on data security worldwide published by analyst from Frost and Sullivan for CA Technologies found that half of all major global organisations last year had been involved in a data breach, resulting in long term negative impacts on revenue and consumer trust. This was especially the case for healthcare organisations, since they hold incredibly sensitive data on customers, such as DNA tests. So how can businesses protect themselves from a data security scandal in an era of where cyber attacks happen on a daily basis? The research report offers up four solutions to hang on to those precious consumer trust metrics: Train even non-technical staff to protect consumer data According to information security professionals around the world, non-technical employees are the least prepared to protect … [Read more...] about Here are 4 ways businesses – especially in healthcare – can avoid an embarrassing data breach
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SINGAPORE: As the dust settles on the “most serious breach of personal data” in Singapore’s history, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's medical records among those stolen, there have been questions asked if authorities responded in a timely enough manner once the threat of a cyberattack had been detected.Database administrators from the Integrated Health Information System (IHIS) detected unusual activity on SingHealth’s IT systems on Jul 4 and put a stop to the data breach activities. It was later that they found out data had been illegally copied and stolen beginning from Jun 27 – eight days before the cyberattack was detected.From Jul 4 to Jul 9, they continued to monitor the network traffic closely before ascertaining it was a cyberattack and alerted superiors. On Jul 10, MOH, SingHealth and the Cybersecurity Agency of Singapore (CSA) were informed and forensic investigations carried out.One cybersecurity practitioner, Mr Jonathan … [Read more...] about SingHealth cyberattack: Did authorities respond fast enough to Singapore’s worst personal data breach?
SINGAPORE - Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was among the 1.5 million patients whose personal particulars were stolen in the cyber attack on SingHealth. ESM Goh, who was on a holiday in Langkawi, said in a Facebook post late Friday (July 20) that he returned home to the news that he was affected. "Heck! First thing I learnt upon my return from Langkawi was that my non-medical personal particulars with SingHealth had been stolen. "Cyber theft is a key risk when going digital. But we cannot stop the digital advance and must strive to build the most secure Smart Nation," he wrote in the post. Authorities had on Friday announced that hackers had infiltrated the computers of SingHealth, Singapore's largest group of healthcare institutions, in an unprecedented breach of personal data here. Of the 1.5 million patients affected, 160,000 people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a few ministers, had their outpatient prescriptions stolen as well. Mr David Koh, chief executive … [Read more...] about SingHealth data breach: ESM Goh Chok Tong says his personal data was stolen
source Getty Facebook is dealing with an investigation and a lot of consumer outrage after Christopher Wylie – the founder of data analytics company Cambridge Analytica – told the Guardian that his company used data from 50 million Facebook profiles to target voters. Wylie said Facebook had sent Cambridge Analytica a letter back in 2015 asking it to delete the data, but that it never followed up; many are calling this irresponsible on Facebook’s part. Now, Sandy Parakilas, an ex-Facebook employee who worked on the very team that monitored data breaches back when Facebook’s policy let outside apps scrape the data themselves, is coming forward to say that he warned executives about this – and that he was ignored. Another person has come forward to call Facebook on its lack of precautions in handling shared data. This time, it’s an ex-employee who says he … [Read more...] about A former Facebook employee who was responsible for monitoring data breaches has come forward about the way Facebook handles user data, calling its practices ‘utterly shocking and horrifying’
After suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), along with its political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, for violating its policies and commitments, Facebook has denied any data breach as claimed by some media reports. "The claim that this is a data breach is completely false," Paul Grewal, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Facebook said on Saturday. On the same day, the Guardian reported that in one of the tech giant's biggest ever data breaches, the data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump's election team harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters and used them to build a powerful software programme to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. Owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, Cambridge Analytica was headed at the time by Trump's key adviser Steve Bannon. A whistleblower revealed to the Observer how the firm used personal information taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could … [Read more...] about Data breach claims false: Facebook