#CyberFLASH: Heartbleed Virus Causes Heartburn: Information Security Implications

cra-passwords-security_211076204-e1402005190177News reports regarding the so-called Heartbleed computer virus sparked concerns regarding cyber security and digitally-stored personal information. The Canada Revenue Agency announced that the virus caused a security breach involving the compromise of the social insurance numbers of hundreds of individuals. Other high profile payment system breaches have also been reported.

Although it makes for interesting news, it is not always the effect of a computer virus or the actions of a computer hacker that can lead to a breach of personal information. Human error or systems errors also lead to reported privacy breaches (see our previous article ” Alberta Privacy Commissioner Issues Report on Privacy Breaches”).

Nevertheless, the security of digitally-stored personal information is a key part of securing all of the personal information held by your organization. What can your organization do?

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