Protect Your Company from Data Breach Fines
Data breaches continue to be a major issue in most industries. Regulators are cracking down on breaches by issuing more fines for violations. With laws and regulations, such as GDPR, HIPAA and HITECH, more companies are suffering the consequences of data breaches. Here’s our data breach fine update that includes some of the most recent data breaches and potential risks that will make you rethink just how safe your data is and how to prevent a breach at your company.
“Collection #1” is reported to be one of the largest data breaches of all time. A collection of 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords were obtained from many sources. Data breaches are usually attributed to one business entity; with “Collection 1”, this is not the case.
According to industry experts, hackers are able to “dehash”, or decode, passwords, and gain access to your sensitive information. Or worse, once hackers are able to unscramble your passwords your personal data such as phone numbers and email addresses can be circulating the public. A few steps you should take to help your customers
- Provide two-factor authentication to your customers
- Continuously update all security patches
- Hire a dedicated professional to monitor your security protocols
Real Esate Industry(GDPR)
The Washington Post also reports a large breach of mortgage borrowers’ data. An estimated 54,000 mortgage borrowers recently had their financial data exposed to identity thieves.
This is the first large mortgage and real estate data breach as reported by Tech Cruch. Penalties and fines linked to cyber breaches across various industries in the the United States, UK, and Canada continue to soar. With the recent GDPR legislation, fines have increased from $10 million in 2014 to a staggering $270 million in 2018.
- Keep all files and records safely stored
- Seek help for real estate document management services
- Safeguard your servers and implement user controls
In the healthcare industry, Aetna was ordered to pay $935,000 in settlement with California for a violation of California health privacy laws in July 2017. Often, the settlement process after a violation can take months or even years.
Additionally, in 2015 the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concluded a record settlement against Anthem, Inc., and agreed to pay $16 million for the violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Anthem, Inc. failed to take precautionary measures to protect patient information from unauthorized access that resulted in the exposure of 79 million ePHI records.
Often, the settlement process after a violation can take months or years after the incident had happened. Regulatory bodies such as the HHS take into account for the company’s failure to take preventative measures related to information security and the lack and expedient proper response.
HIPAA Compliance 2019 Webinar
In this HIPAA Compliance 2019 webinar, Corodata has partnered with Tom Dumez, an industry-leading HIPAA compliance trainer. We’ll discuss HIPAA compliance requirements and your business’s legal responsibilities for safe records handling. It’s the responsibility of any business to remain in full compliance with all appropriate guidelines and regulations, and HIPAA is no exception. Proper records management is essential for the security, stability, and professional reputation of your business.
Long-term Effects of a Data Breach Fine
The damage from a data security breach can be costly and long-lasting. Loss of revenue and damaged reputation can be catastrophic for any company. Customers value their privacy, too — and breaches often involve customer payment information. Potential leads will be hesitant to trust a business with a history of a data breach fine.
Prevent Breaches – Find A Trusted Partner
Almost 90% of successful data breaches occur in less than one minute. Yet, 80% of businesses take weeks to realize a breach occurred. This is why it is crucial to take preventative measures. Corodata provides data protection services ranging from CoroCloud and media archival storage. Corodata takes away your worries about data leaks with plenty of secure storage space, restricted access to your files, an audit trail, secure shredding at the end of your records life cycle, and more services that let you focus on your business.
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The penalties and risk to your company’s reputation if you break these laws pose a giant risk to your business. But Corodata can help.