The BioConnection | A Partnership, A Data Breach & It Is Financial Biometrics Month

Posted by Christina Cardella on 15 October 2019
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Stat of the Week

When surveying 6.2 billion files, including ones that contained health records and financial information, about 1 in 5 were completely open for global access. About 2 in 5 companies will have over 1000 files open for anyone to see, including files with sensitive information.


| Veristor Announces their Partnerships with eSentire to Bring MDR Services to Mutual Clients

Veristor Systems Inc announced on October 3rd that they have signed an agreement with eSentire Inc to expand the offerings around cybersecurity services and solutions used to help customers arm against cyber threats. 

Does this Mean a New Product Line is Coming?
In short no - Veristor will be offering the eSentire MDR solution as part of their existing suite of IT security products and services which help to reduce threats, isolate users and data and mitigate the effects of security incidents when they do occur.

Is this Beneficial for Everyone?
Chris Braden, Vice President, Global Channels and Alliances at eSentire thinks so. He states, "We look forward to serving as a trusted Veristor partner and collaborating with their security experts on the joint delivery of solutions and services that will better secure their businesses from known and unknown threats." 
"eSentire offers the complete visibility and rapid response organizations need to quickly detect and respond to threats, thereby protecting their organization," said Jackie Groark, Director, Security/CISO, Veristor.

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| Approximately 1M New Zealand Patients' Data Breached in Criminal Cyber Attack

Wellington, Kāpiti, and Wairarapa's primary health organization, Tū Ora Compass Health, confirmed anyone that is or was enrolled in a medical centre in the region between 2002 and 2019 could be affected.

What Type of Data was Hacked?
While individual GP notes do not seem to be hacked, Tū Ora's computer system was. The extent that patient files were accessed was impossible to ascertain, chief executive Martin Hefford said. 
Some of the breached information could include; children who were due for immunizations, names of people who had visited the hospital for potentially avoidable conditions, women needing to be recalled for cervical screening, and people due for heart and diabetes checks - among others.  
Services such as mental health counselling diabetes care, and podiatry services – which were run by the primary health org and were also possibly compromised.

What is Happening Now?
All PHOs and health boards were ordered to review their "external-facing" cybersecurity and report back by October 8.

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| October is Officially Financial Biometrics Month

Financial security professionals are beginning to adopt biometric technologies to improve upon the classic one-time-password security systems. Here is more information from FindBiometrics about biometrics for financial use cases.

Can I use Biometrics for Mobile?
A growing number of banks are leveraging biometric authentication technologies that use fingerprint and facial recognition through mobile apps. These kinds of biometric solutions can also be used to send mobile money transfers, which allows these transfers to be more secure and convenient for all parties.

Does this Mean I can Get Rid of my Payment Cards?
Although fingerprint-scanning payment cards are quickly taking over the payments industry - don't cut your payment cards just yet. Biometrics experts and financial services institutions are beginning to merge to create solutions for the new market opportunity.

Read the FindBiometrics Post Here



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