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Data Theft - Who Can Help? In Australia unfortunately no-one. You may be able to help yourself - however most business owners don't find out there is no-where to go until after an event. Then,  it's usually too late.

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Less than a minute after an event is too late. Data can be copied by an employee and gone from your business in literally seconds. 

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So you are a health care professional and its time to go out on your own or you want to plan to own a very successful practice in a couple of years. One problem . . you don't want to risk your own cash! Let me show you the way in eight simple steps.

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So who’s the thief? Well the bad news is that it could be anyone and they certainly won’t be wearing dark glasses, a hoodie and sloping around your office – although some of your current employees may dress like this.

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What business owner in their right mind would want to report their customer data had been stolen?

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In Australia, every business owner that has the personal information of their customers and other IP on a computer, in a book, a filing cabinet any other device is at risk of insider data theft. The law can't and won't protect you.

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Medical identity information is significantly more valuable than credit card numbers or social security numbers alone. According to the World Privacy Forum, the former has a street value of around $50 -- compared to a street value of $1 for the latter.

And the average profit per record is $20,000 -- compared to just $2,000 for regular identity theft.

Intellectual Property and or Data Theft

Thanks to technology it’s easier than ever to copy and distribute information and that leads to problems when it comes to safeguarding intellectual property.

It’s all too easy for employees to copy material to a flash drive or a cloud storage service without the knowledge of the business owners.

However, the way computers work means that these activities almost always leave a trace. Timely forensic investigation can provide evidence of the theft.

Unfortunately in Australia proving the theft is not the issue. It is who do you report the theft to? Police? No, their is nothing they can do. Their hands are tied due to lack of legislation to prosecute insiders.

The Privacy Commissioner (OAIC)? - Yes but good luck with that. They may well fine the business owner under the Privacy Amendment Bill - 2012. The employee data thief is not covered by this bill or any other legislation.

A recent case reported to the OAIC, by persons effected by insider data theft went no where. The investigator closed the file despite being provided evidence the data thief lied to investigators and provided a hacker his login to steal thousands of medical files.

Job function often requires access to sensitive company and customer personal information. This access also provides the keys to the safe.

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According to the Identity Theft Research Center 2013 report, the healthcare sector accounts for more than 44 percent of reported major data breaches -- higher than the business sector, which accounts for about 32 percent.

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US - Wisconsin-based Harel Chiropractic & Massage is notifying roughly 3,000 patients that a former employee and contracted chiropractor accessed and removed their personal information – including Social Security numbers – from the clinic, and promptly resigned after.

"This is a very common occurrence in Australia and will remain so until legislators amend current Crimes and Privacy Legislation." 
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