Huge Fine Levied After Backup Was Stolen

In case you think you can save some money by manually taking your backups off-site, here is a word of caution.

If you are a health care provider, the HIPAA rules (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ) requires you to conduct an accurate and thorough analysis of the potential risks and vulnerabilities.  If there is a data loss, it is required that you follow the Breach Notification Rules.  In the case of a dermatology practice in Massachusetts, a thumb drive with protected health information for 2,200 people was stolen from a staff member’s car.  The thumb drive was never recovered.

However in January of 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services fined the dermatologists $150,000 to settle the potential HIPAA violations.

Even if you are not a health care provider, losing or having your company data stolen can be very damaging.  Furthermore, the wear and tear on the hard drives being shuttled back and forth,  or maybe sitting in a hot car, can cause problems as well.

Instead ASIS offers  offsite backup services which send the data over an encrypted line to a secure data center with no manual intervention necessary.  We monitor the backups to ensure that they are completing successfully.  We even offer the first low cost backup device which can not only backup your files but allow your entire server to turn on from an  offsite location within minutes.


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