A medical center at the University of Texas recently suffered a data breach
as a result of a lost, unencrypted USB drive, marking the second incident in just a few months.
About 2,200 patients at UT's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are being contacted in connection with the lost flash drive, which contained patients' names and health data, but not their Social Securtiy numbers, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle
. Data breach notification
as a result of this incident has taken more than a month because hospital officials have been trying to confirm what data was on the lost device.
This is the second data breach since April suffered by the healthcare center, the report said. At the end of April, a laptop containing the information for more than 30,000 patients was stolen from a faculty member, and that computer has not yet been recovered. Ondrej Krehel
, chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, has more information on his blog about the ways in which organizations can increase their data breach security.
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