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Healthcare Cybersecurity Biweekly Newsletter - August 2nd, 2017

Anthem's Latest Headache: Business Associate Breach

Health insurer Anthem Inc., still dealing with the aftermath of a 2015 cyberattack that affected nearly 79 million individuals, now is coping with another - albeit smaller - breach incident affecting 18,580 individuals. This one involves a business associate's former employee who's currently incarcerated. The breach stemmed from Anthem’s Medicare insurance coordination services vendor LaunchPoint Ventures, based in Indiana. Launchpoint's former employee was likely stealing and misusing Anthem and non-Anthem data. He emailed a file containing information about Anthem’s members to his personal address. The file contained Medicare ID numbers, including Social Security numbers, Health Plan ID numbers, names and dates of enrollment. 

This breach underscores the security risks posed by business associates - and their employees.


6+ billion records exposed during 1st half of 2017

A surge in computer hacking has led to the breach of more than six billion records so far this year, topping the total for 2016, security researchers said. There have been 2,227 publicly disclosed data compromise events since the beginning of the year through June 30th.

According to Executive Vice President for Risk Based Security, “It is stunning to see the steady increase in the number of breaches impacting one million or more records. In the first six months of 2013, 2014 and 2015, the number of these large breaches hovered in the mid teens. Last year number jumped to 28, and now, for the first six months of this year, we’re tracking 50 such incidents”.


5 Misconceptions Healthcare CIOs need to Address for Better Cyber Security

Cyber-crimes are at an all-time high and will continue to rise in popularity for as long as organisations adopt a passive approach to online security. While some healthcare organisations look at cyber security as a “back burner”, the hacking industry is evolving to the point where anyone can become a successful hacker. Most practices, hospitals and healthcare IT businesses need a clearer understanding of current security threats and vulnerabilities. 

Find here five of the most alarming mistakes that healthcare organisations make when protecting their data.


Cyber Insurance 101

Healthcare facilities nowadays are using electronic systems for their day-to-day work and transmitting protected data to other locations heavily.   This, coupled with the high value of data handled, results in an increase in the level of exposure to cyber attacks.  A cyber attack can lead to loss of systems and information, disruption of procedures, and serious reputation risk. As risk of cyber attack keeps growing, so does the compelling need to take insurance cover against their cyber risks. There are different kinds of insurance coverage and each insurance company may have different names, inclusions, exclusions and sublimits for the various types of liability coverages they offer. Find out types of available cyber insurance coverages here.


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