More L.A. County patients impacted in breach

May 28, 2014

US Healthcare breaches continue, with the recent announcement that the personal and sensitive information of another 3,500 patients has been leaked, according to a report from the L.A. Times.

Los Angeles County officials announced on May 22 that social security numbers, billing and address information had been compromised following the February 5 theft of eight Sutherland Healthcare Solutions (SHS) computers in Los Angeles County.

The 3,497 patients were found in addition to the 338,700 patients already impacted.

"We take this incident very seriously and are taking the necessary precautions to protect all patient related information from theft or criminal activity. We and Los Angeles County are actively working with law enforcement," a release from the Public Health website stated.

As well as notifying law enforcement, the County has also offered a $25,000 reward for information surrounding the return of stolen equipment.

Securing against physical data breaches is a difficult process, but businesses and government agencies can take steps to ensure security. As breaches can often be internal affairs, thorough security audits can identify whether employees have access to confidential information not required for their job.

Preventative security measures carried out on a regular basis are often the best option for business security.

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