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Regulators Raise Security Bar

At one time, regulators charged with enforcing data security laws had a reputation of showing more bark than bite.

Not anymore.

U.S. government agencies that oversee such laws have begun to investigate violators in earnest, say industry watchers and expect more in the coming year.

"It is happening with HIPAA," says Mark Diamond, president and CEO of data storage consulting firm Contoural Inc. "If you do not maintain security of data, you will be investigated by the FBI."

Say what? Sending in the feds for failing to adequately protect patient healthcare records?

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