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Why Are Health Data Leaking Online? Bad Software, Study Says

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http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/01/03/why-are-health-data-leaking-online-bad-software-study-says/?KEYWORDS=security
By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries

They say, that “Health documents with sensitive patient information can be found in “peer-to-peer” networks, which people typically use to share music files and the like. The issue can arise when health workers transfer data from firms’ proprietary software to their home computers. If they or someone in their family uses file-sharing software, files can be picked up.”

“Johnson says the biggest culprit for data leakage is hard-to-use software… poorly designed programs force health care industry employees to download files onto their home computers, where they are often forgotten. Johnson says that switching to cloud computing technology would make it possible for smaller businesses to have access to software that is easier to use. However, he notes that cloud computing also opens data up to other threats, including large-scale hackers.”

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Written by youryblog

January 7, 2011 at 3:16 PM

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