CynergisTek’s Barlow: We Need to Think About COVID-19 Data-Related Breaches Going Forward

March 31, 2021 Caleb Barlow

The March 18 report that a California state employee had improperly accessed the COVID-19 test results of thousands of state hospital patients should be seen as a warning sign, says CynergisTek CEO Caleb Barlow

CynergisTek’s Barlow: We Need to Think About COVID-19 Data-Related Breaches Going Forward

On March 18, Lindsey Holden, a reporter for the San Luis Obispo Tribune, reported that “A state employee improperly accessed more than 2,000 Atascadero State Hospital [ASH, in the town of Atascadero] patient and employee records in a data breach identified in late February, [the California] Department of State Hospitals said. The breach occurred when the DSH employee accessed names, COVID-19 test results, and health information necessary for tracking coronavirus for 1,415 ASH patients and former patients and 617 employees, a DSH news release said. The employee had access to ASH data servers through their information technology job duties. The employee had been improperly accessing the information for about 10 months before DSH found out about the data breach, an FAQ about the incident said.”

Caleb Barlow, CEO of CynergisTek provided commentary for this article, where he shares his perspectives about the recent breach at Atascadero State Hospital in California.

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About the Author

Caleb Barlow

Caleb Barlow is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CynergisTek, a top-ranked information security and privacy consulting firm focused on the healthcare IT industry Prior to joining CynergisTek, Caleb led the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence organization. In 2016, he built X-Force Command which is part of a $200M investment in a global incident response services, updated watch floors, the industry’s first immersive cyber range, and an incident command system for responding to major cyber incidents. In 2018, Caleb invented the Cyber Tactical Operations Center which is a first-of-its-kind training, simulation, and security operations center on wheels. Caleb has a broad background having led technical teams in product development, product management, strategy, marketing, and cloud service delivery. He has also led the integration efforts of on multiple IBM acquisitions. Caleb is a sought after speaker on the subject of security. He has appeared on TED stage, TODAY, and regularly appears on national news broadcasts. Caleb’s views have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, New York Times, and dozens of other publications. He testified before U.S. Congress and the United Nations by invitation of the President of the U.N. General Assembly. External to IBM, Caleb has been in leadership roles at two successful startups, including Syncra Systems, which is now part of Oracle, and Ascendant Technology, which was acquired by Avent. Caleb also holds multiple patents in the field of Unified Communication.

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