Stories by Philip D. Quarles and Thomas Martin

Safeguarding the security of clinical data

FRAMINGHAM (09/24/2003) - On May 4, 2003, a record number of digital attacks took place over the Internet. According to Mi2g Ltd., a digital risk management company, a total of 2,576 verified and successful digital attacks were waged on private, corporate, and government computers. The nature of the attacks ranged from Web site vandalism and digital broadcast interference to denial-of-service incidents. Motivated by surveillance, financial fraud, and identity theft, most such attacks focus on specific areas -- the operating system, network, database, Web server, or application.