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Data Breach in an American Pediatric Hospital

Recently an American Pediatric Hospital fell victim to a massive data breach. The personal information of over 1.5 million people was leaked, including names, dates of birth, financial and medical records.       Strangely in this case, the Hospital has been unable to identify if the information was lost or stolen – clearly there’s a big difference between the two and the information that was leaked is definitely not the sort of material you want falling into the wrong hands. Apparently, the files don’t appear to have been accessed or misused so far, so hopefully they were simply misplaced – but how scary is that? Unfortunately, breakdowns like this in hospital security of personal data is not breaking news, and while Hospitals are primarily responsible with safeguarding the lives of their patients, should they not be as stringent about safeguarding their patient’s sensitive data?

Theft, the most common type of data breach

The most common types of data breaches are theft, unauthorized access and loss, closely followed by hacking. So how can you protect yourselves, if an entire hospital can’t protect its patients? A solid security software suite is key. Luckily BullGuard has a few good ones depending on what you’re looking for, and while we’re not rated for protecting hospitals (yet), we have received many awards for protecting people like you. Here’s a quick recap of some of our best products:
Internet Security offers you industry leading protection which allows you to shop, bank and socialize online, risk-free. The simple interface not only provides you with the best protection against malware, but also automatically scans your PC to keep it clean and virus-free.
Premium Protection gives you the ultimate in both identity and social media protection. A complete suite that guards you against malware, identity theft, financial fraud, online data leaks and even keeps an eye on your children’s safety on social networks like Facebook. You choose what information is important for you to protect and we’ll do just that – constantly scanning in the internet to prevent them from being compromised. Identity Protection is for those active on social media, and are looking to protect their identity. The simple and effective way to protect yourself from identity theft. Here at BullGuard, we keep you safe and we keep it simple, with free 24/7 support whenever you need it.
Filed under: Internet Security

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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