Frank Abagnale, world-famous con man, explains why technology won’t stop breaches


Frank Abagnale is world-famous for pretending to be other people. The former teenage con man, whose exploits 50 years ago became a Leonardo DiCaprio film called Catch Me If You Can, has built a lifelong career as a security consultant and advisor to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. So it’s perhaps ironic that four and a half years ago, his identity was stolen—along with those of 3.6 million other South Carolina taxpayers.

“When that occurred,” Abagnale recounted to Ars, “I was at the FBI office in Phoenix. I got a call from [a reporter at] the local TV news station, who knew that my identity was stolen, and they wanted a comment. And I said, ‘Before I make a comment, what did the State Tax Revenue Office say?’ Well, they said they did nothing wrong. I said that would be absolutely literally impossible. All breaches happen because people make them happen, not because hackers do it. Every breach occurs because someone in that company did something they weren’t supposed to do, or somebody in that company failed to do something they were supposed to do.” As it turned out (as a Secret Service investigation determined), a government employee had taken home a laptop that shouldn’t have left the office and connected it—unprotected—to the Internet.

via: Catch me if you can

Sary thing here is that even medical records can be obtained via social engineering.  What do you really need, a name, birth date?  If you have enough information and a phony ID you can get medical services in someone else’s name.  This article is an excellent read.


Big Data in Healthcare Made Simple — DZone Big Data Zone

Big Data in Healthcare Made Simple – DZone Big Data Knowing how to use big data to improve patient care is beneficial for those working in the healthcare industry.  Big data is valuable to the healthcare industry in dozens of ways. Physicians can use specific data about their patients taking a type of medication and their reaction to the medicine. Data can also be used to determine high-risk groups based upon common factors. Knowing how to use big data to improve patient care is…

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Lets not talk about the elephant (Hadoop) in the room


Hadoop and HealthCare is a pairing that can help patient outcomes become much more positive.  Everyone who is a health care provider from the nurse aids, doctors, pharmacists, large corporate medical providers all the way to State and Federal governments could be using this but, many are not. Big data sounds impressive and is the “Bright Shinny” thing.  The Hadoop elephant is slowly plodding though the ranks of these providers, and it scares them.  The lack of the “Structure” in the data makes some think it not very usable, highly inaccurate and less intuitive to consume.   The IT departments say “It’s Not SQL, it’s not relational”.  Others think it’s necessary to convert all the structured SQL based databases to Hadoop Document databases.  Some other worry about how they combine two different beasts together.  This article from Richard Proctor outlines just some of the way the elephant in the room should be a new tool for innovation in health care; it is a multi-part article and worthy read.