Author Archives: Scott Mahnken

Call The Police – I’ve Been Hacked

Call The Police – I’ve Been Hacked Da do do do Da da da da So the pioneer of social media had his password hacked.  The password that was designated to secure his accounts was “dadada”.  Well the password came back to sting him.  It seems that like many of us, there was little thought given to selecting a “secure” password.  Rather, again like many of us, the priority was convenience versus security.  Thus the proliferation of simplistic passwords such …

Is there a key to security in the cloud?

Over 30,000 healthcare providers will gather at the HIMSS 2015 event in Chicago over the next few days.   They will be scouring over the hundreds of products and solutions all promising to deliver some tangible benefit to the provider, patient or organization.  How many companies will be championing the Big Three; workflow, security and compliance? When the federal government decided to mandate the use of electronic health records, they created an entire ecosystem of EMR / EHR service providers.  There’s …

Privacy versus Anonymity – The Price you Pay

Protecting one’s privacy is a concern for everyone.  Yet in today’s environment of mobile devices and 24/7 electronic communication it’s virtually impossible to not feel exposed and somewhat vulnerable to the potential of someone or something compromising your privacy. There was a record 13.1 Million victims of identity theft in 2013 (Up 26.1% from 2012). That’s a new victim every two seconds. Our society requires that we share our personal information with others and we do so every time we …

The Breach Goes On…

Did you hear about the Russian hackers that have stolen over 1 billion passwords and user profiles?  It demonstrates the over-arching driver for biometrics.  Passwords aren’t just dead…they are a liability.  Of course, we have all known this for some time, IBM stated such in 2012; but the gravity of the situation is mindboggling and alarming.  Nothing is secure and that means what we, as a society, have been using to “secure” things is truly useless.  The password did serve’s …