Top Security Breaches Caused by Technology Partners
Breached Organization: Lawrence Memorial HospitalThird-Party Involved: Blue Sky Credit, BrickWire LLCData Lost: Names, personal information, health care provider information, credit card numbers and checking account information for 10,000 patientsThe Situation: A third-party burn of two degrees, Lawrence Memorial Hospital was left responsible for a breach of patient financial information after its credit vendor's website hosting company left a web portal open to public access that was tied to a database containing patient information.
While consultants, software vendors and business outsourcing providers generally help their customers solve IT issues, they very often can be the source of problems, too. And the biggest nightmare may be of a security breach that exposes the firm and its customers. Here's a look at eight such breaches that happened in 2011, prime examples of how partners negligence can end up causing costly and embarrassing breaches of customer data.