Most of the time, when we think of information security, we conjure up images of nerdy hackers trying to get into our electronic records. The reality is that there are criminals, they call themselves ‘dumpster-divers’, who lurk outside hospitals, medical practices, office buildings and on landfills looking for pieces of paper with personal information (PI) on it.
A great deal of PI is printed or written on paper. Think about it. Patient forms and files, medical records, notes, test results, appointment books, invoices, prescriptions, faxes. They all contain PI of someone and must be kept secure.