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Hospital executive: At a recent conference on nonprofit management, several computer experts maintained that the most significant threat faced by large institutions such as universities and hospitals is unauthorized access to confidential data. In light of this testimony, we should make the protection of our clients’ confidentiality our highest priority.

The hospital executive’s argument is most vulnerable to
which one of the following objections?

(A) The argument confuses the causes of a problem
with the appropriate solutions to that problem.

(B) The argument relies on the testimony of experts
whose expertise is not shown to be sufficiently
broad to support their general claim.

(C) The argument assumes that a correlation
between two phenomena is evidence that one is
the cause of the other.

(D) The argument draws a general conclusion about
a group based on data about an
unrepresentative sample of that group.

(E) The argument infers that a property belonging to
large institutions belongs to all institutions.

OA, In a while
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29 Nov 2012, 00:35
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I will go with B.
Computers expert, though knowing a lot about IT and security, are probably not the best experts on what the "highest priority" of hospital execs should be. The priorities should be based on business strategies, trial runs, experience etc which certainly is much more convoluted.
Whats the OA?
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29 Nov 2012, 17:45
+1 for B

Pre-phrase : As souvik101990 mentioned General Computer experts need not be experts in specified Data Securities..

(B) The argument relies on the testimony of experts
whose expertise is not shown to be sufficiently
broad to support their general claim.
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Re: Hospital executive: At a recent conference on nonprofit [#permalink]

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13 Dec 2012, 20:32
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Hospital executive: At a recent conference on nonprofit management, several computer experts maintained that the most significant threat faced by large institutions such as universities and hospitals is unauthorized access to confidential data. In light of this testimony, we should make the protection of our clients’ confidentiality our highest priority.

The hospital executive’s argument is most vulnerable to
which one of the following objections?

(A) The argument confuses the causes of a problem
with the appropriate solutions to that problem.

There is no cause and effect stated

(B) The argument relies on the testimony of experts
whose expertise is not shown to be sufficiently
broad to support their general claim.

Computer geeks are well aware of how to provide a secured access by making a software for the hospital professionals so that no one else can crack into the database.

(C) The argument assumes that a correlation
between two phenomena is evidence that one is
the cause of the other.

Correlation doesn't imply causation , unless not mentioned.

(D) The argument draws a general conclusion about
a group based on data about an
unrepresentative sample of that group.

Yes,Correct, a general conclusion for a group of hospitals/universities , although the break up is not mentioned which one is more,then the conclusion talks about the specific threat the confidentiality of clients,which is a group unstated in premise.

(E) The argument infers that a property belonging to
large institutions belongs to all institutions.

out of scope it is

OA, In a while

D' It is as explained above in green
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vomhorizon wrote:
Hospital executive: At a recent conference on nonprofit management, several computer experts maintained that the most significant threat faced by large institutions such as universities and hospitals is unauthorized access to confidential data. In light of this testimony, we should make the protection of our clients’ confidentiality our highest priority.

The hospital executive’s argument is most vulnerable to
which one of the following objections?

(A) The argument confuses the causes of a problem
with the appropriate solutions to that problem.

There is no cause and effect stated

(B) The argument relies on the testimony of experts
whose expertise is not shown to be sufficiently
broad to support their general claim.

Computer geeks are well aware of how to provide a secured access by making a software for the hospital professionals so that no one else can crack into the database.

(C) The argument assumes that a correlation
between two phenomena is evidence that one is
the cause of the other.

Correlation doesn't imply causation , unless not mentioned.

(D) The argument draws a general conclusion about
a group based on data about an
unrepresentative sample of that group.

Yes,Correct, a general conclusion for a group of hospitals/universities , although the break up is not mentioned which one is more,then the conclusion talks about the specific threat the confidentiality of clients,which is a group unstated in premise.

(E) The argument infers that a property belonging to
large institutions belongs to all institutions.

out of scope it is

OA, In a while

D' It is as explained above in green

The OA here is B ...

The correct choice reads : The argument relies on the testimony of experts
whose expertise is not shown to be sufficiently
broad to support their general claim.

The stimulus mentions COMPUTER EXPERTS..Although it is not unreasonable to assume that computer experts would be well versed with computer problems, it is inaccurate to assume that the computer experts would also be specialists in the field of hospital and university management...nor is it shown anywhere that these COMPUTER experts are credible experts on what constitutes the biggest threats to these institutes..If these computer experts were shown to be experts in HEALTHCARE IT, or any allied discipline the argument may well have been more logical, but in the absence of any proof of them (the computer experts) having any expertise regarding hospitals and universities we cannot take their knowledge about computers in general to cover all aspects of all industries where computers might be useful. That is akin to asking a computer expert who is a master at fixing computer hardware to evaluate the problems with wallmart's IT based supply chain ... Clearly his/her opinion will not be considered credible unless he could show his expertise in the field of retail based logistics & IT..
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14 Dec 2012, 10:01
I zeroed it down to A and B eliminated B thinking it as but obvious answer i.e. a fact and hence trap
Went on to select A coz it mentions cause is confused with the solution ......which i realize is not true as cause of data theft from system is not mentioned.....whatever mentioned is the solution hence it cannot be a flaw.......
Missed it in the time crunch................

B it is.
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14 Dec 2012, 23:24
B seems to make the argument most vulnerable as only computer experts’ testimony cannot form the basis for a general claim. Other experts may have priorities other than clients’ confidentiality.
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15 Nov 2015, 21:47
Why is the capability of the Computer Experts , been considered as a deciding factor here.....I believe that the catch here is the "Confidential Data".. While Experts talk about confidential data in general,which the hospital executive wrongly interprets as something related to client confidentiality... I still hold D as the correct answer... Any advices/corrections will be great ....

Moreover, is it a GMAT question or an LSAT question?
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