Author Elizabeth Wilmot

You Thought your Identity was Safe at the Doctor

You Thought your Identity was Safe at the Doctor

Fifty-five thousand.

That’s how many patients recently had their personal, confidential information compromised when a work laptop from an employee of the Indianapolis-based Cancer Care Group, or CCG, was stolen from a locked car. Patient names, social security numbers, medical records, insurance policy information, addresses and birth dates were all stored on the laptop.

And here you thought it was safe to go to the doctor.

Identity theft is running rampant in today’s world and while it might be better associated with online hacking, rummaging for bank receipts through trash or stealing credit cards from unsuspecting strangers – or even friends and family members – the crime is so widespread these days that even the healthcare industry isn’t immune from such an attack. The CCG says it has notified patients and employees of the data breach and is taking measures to prevent such an event from happening again. To do it, CCG says it is working to encrypt all mobile data and update its policies and procedures. This will also come with a fair amount of employee training so workers know how to work under these new policies.

Stories like the one mentioned above are becoming all the more common. And unfortunately, larger organizations often wait until something goes wrong before taking corrective measures. It’s only natural for people and organizations to take a reactive stance when it comes to identity theft, but as the crime grows even more popular among everyone from amateur thieves to seasoned computer hackers, implementing preventative measures today can potentially save you big bucks tomorrow.

And that’s what brings us to Data Killers. Fitting to the name, Data Killers specializes in shredding data. This includes the likes of hard drives, tapes, products and equipment. The company specializes in servicing large companies and organizations, those that have not only themselves, but their clients – and in the case of CCG, patients – to protect from a data breach. While everyone knows about the importance of shredding confidential paper documents, not everyone yet realizes how important it is to safely discard of electronic data, like computer hard drives, which can easily be manipulated by someone with even an elementary computer skill set.

Data Killers can’t protect companies from having laptops stolen but it can ensure that the data on all hard drives is completely destroyed.