The Anthem data breach affected approximately 78 million individuals, while Premera Blue Cross’ incident could impact nearly 11 million members and applicants.
“We believe that many organizations don’t feel confident in their cybersecurity measures because they lack the proper funding and staffing to identify and manage attacks,” Delp said, citing results from a Lockheed Martin cybersecurity survey. “Fifty-six percent of respondents felt that they didn’t’ have expert personnel. This tells us that organization leaders need to allocate more funding to building up their cybersecurity defense structure and also hire or train additional cyber experts to protect their networks.”
Read the full article here and the top 6 health data breaches for 2015.
Healthcare organizations need to take a look at their federal requirements as well as their local or state laws while conducting a HIPAA risk assessment.
“There are handfuls of different reasons to have security folks look at your systems and audit you and give you various reports, and that’s fine,” Rostolsky said. “Ultimately, you need to have something that’s specifically looking at the security requirements and speaks and uses HIPAA language in the assessment.”
To read more about HIPAA Risk assessment click here and learn how to be proactive to keep your organization secure.
Each claimant will get up to $10,000 in damages under the proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit, pending court approval. Read the entire article from BBC here.
“We are pleased to see the process moving forward and look forward to its resolution,” said Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder.
We have covered in the past how to stay HIPAA Compliant. What if there was a data breach, how would you know? How do you respond to patients’ healtchare information being breached and what steps to take? Take a moment to read this article here to help determine what factors constitute as a breach.
Take a look at Healthcare IT News and their compiled list of HIPAA breaches. It really is unbelievable that over 41 million people have had their private health information compromised.
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From Health IT Outcomes, 3/4/15:
Security experts say this year healthcare could experience an increase in security breaches leading to stolen health information as hackers target medical records.
Hackers are turning their attention to health information, and one reason could it be that the data is worth 10-20 times that of credit card information. Stolen credit card numbers can be sold on the black market for pocket change, while in a recent case a set of Medicare ID numbers for 10 beneficiaries was sold for about $4,700.
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