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Cybersecurity Startup Tanium, With $3.5 Billion Valuation, Exposed Hospital’s Data Without Permission

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Cybersecurity Startup With $3.5 Billion Valuation Leaks Client Data Without Permission
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It’s never a good thing when a cybersecurity startup has a lapse in the its area of expertise. In the case of Tanium Inc., the company may have made a major lapse in judgement.

According to the The Wall Street Journal, Tanium, which currently has a valuation of $3.5 billion, pitched future clients on its cybersecurity software by showing demonstrations of its technology inside what it said was a client-hospital’s system.

In fact, Tanium had never been given permission to show the hospital’s desktop and server management information, so it was effectively “giving outsiders an unauthorized look at information from inside its customer’s system,” per the story.

The affected medical center is El Camino Hospital, a nonprofit hospital located in Santa Clara County, California.

The demos, which were used to boost sales, were given hundreds of times between 2012-15.

Watch a video below of a rep from Tanium, Inc. talking about the “habits of highly effective hackers” from March of this year.

Read the full Wall Street Journal story here.