Risk
1/13/2011
09:53 PM
George V. Hulme
George V. Hulme
Commentary
50%
50%

Kudos To Tucson University Medical Center For Firing Alleged Snoops

The Tucson University Medical Center reportedly has let go three employees for accessing the medical records of those involved in the Tuscon shooting tragedy without authorization.

The Tucson University Medical Center reportedly has let go three employees for accessing the medical records of those involved in the Tuscon shooting tragedy without authorization.That's what the Arizona Daily Star is reporting in its story, 3 UMC workers fired for invading records:

The hospital said it notified families of the affected patients.

The shooting killed six people and injured 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords is in critical condition with a bullet wound to the head.

All six remaining injured patients from the shootings, including Giffords, are at UMC.

That was quick identification and resolution of the breach. I do hope that the alleged snoops didn't have their log-on credentials used by other employees.That's always a risk. However, the hospital's statement provides a good clue as to what made the quick resolution possible. Access monitoring and auditing software:

With advances in technology, ensuring patient privacy has become the focus of hospitals nationwide. UMC uses sophisticated technology to help prevent and detect inappropriate access to patient information.

That shows the importance of hospitals employing monitoring software, and having the procedures in place (and the fortitude) to act quickly. I'll bet employees at the medical center will think twice before snooping in the future.

Unfortunately, it will probably take many more such incidents before hospital workers (those who are inclined to snoop) are too concerned for the potential repercussions to do so.

Because these types of incidents seem to happen: all, of, the, time.

Recall when the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center fired 13 (or more) employees for peeking at the star's medical records? That was way back in 2008.

In 2009, a doctor and two hospital employees were sentenced, as part of a plea agreement, to probation and thousands in fines, each. That plea agreement from the Little Rock Division of the FBI is available here.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2015-3966
Published: 2015-08-30
The IPsec SA establishment process on Innominate mGuard devices with firmware 8.x before 8.1.7 allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service (VPN service restart) by leveraging a peer relationship to send a crafted configuration with compression.

CVE-2015-4555
Published: 2015-08-30
Buffer overflow in the HTTP administrative interface in TIBCO Rendezvous before 8.4.4, Rendezvous Network Server before 1.1.1, Substation ES before 2.9.0, and Messaging Appliance before 8.7.2 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code via unspecified vect...

CVE-2015-5698
Published: 2015-08-30
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the web server on Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 CPU devices with firmware before 4.1.3 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of unspecified victims via unknown vectors.

CVE-2015-4497
Published: 2015-08-29
Use-after-free vulnerability in the CanvasRenderingContext2D implementation in Mozilla Firefox before 40.0.3 and Firefox ESR 38.x before 38.2.1 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code by leveraging improper interaction between resize events and changes to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) token...

CVE-2015-4498
Published: 2015-08-29
The add-on installation feature in Mozilla Firefox before 40.0.3 and Firefox ESR 38.x before 38.2.1 allows remote attackers to bypass an intended user-confirmation requirement by constructing a crafted data: URL and triggering navigation to an arbitrary http: or https: URL at a certain early point i...

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Another Black Hat is in the books and Dark Reading was there. Join the editors as they share their top stories, biggest lessons, and best conversations from the premier security conference.