California Data Breach Report Underscores Need for Encryption in Healthcare

Seventy percent of breaches involving the California healthcare industry were due to unencrypted data on lost or stolen hardware or portable media, a problem that strong encryption would fix.

Seventy percent of breaches involving the California healthcare industry were due to unencrypted data on lost or stolen hardware or portable media, a problem that strong encryption would fix, according to the latest data breach report from the state's attorney general. Only 19% of such breaches occurred in other industries.

The state noted that it is still trying to make encryption mandatory for personal data in transit, but so far has been unsuccessful.

Healthcare's 25 breaches accounted for 15% of the total reported in the state during 2012 and 2013, according to the report.

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