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There are two parts to this Assignment. Each one will help you better understand how security
breaches are handled and give you the opportunity to create a security plan. Creating this
security plan will help you understand what is needed to protect data.
1. Search the internet for news about security breaches in healthcare and other industries
in the last three years. Suggested source for the latest breach information from the
Office of Civil Rights:
Source: HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Audit Program: United States
Department of Health & Human Services. Retrieved from
2. Write a critical essay summarizing the two cases. In your summary, identify the principal
threats in each of these cases and what could have been done to minimize these
1. Using what you learned from Part I, create a security plan for a medium sized health
care facility. In your security plan, evaluate how you would approach security threats
from both inside and outside the organization. Be sure that you address the following
items in your security plan:
a. physical and administrative safeguards: employee education, health information
archival and retrieval systems, disaster recovery, storage media
b. access safeguards: authentication, password management
c. network safeguards: cloud computing, mobile devices to deliver health care,
firewalls, encryption / decryption
d. security threats of mobile devices used in health care delivery
2. Critique the plan you have written, identifying its strengths, elements that were not
covered in the text, and any additional omissions or weaknesses of the plan.
The Assignment should be three to four pages in length, prepared in a Microsoft Word
document, and APA-formatted.
Include a title page and reference page. Length requirements do not include the title
page, and the reference page.
Follow APA style format and citation guidelines, including Times New Roman 12 point
font and double spacing.
This Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard American English featuring
correct grammar, punctuation, style, and mechanics.
Include at least four references.