As cyber attacks become more and more common across all industries including healthcare. This blog article outlines some lessons healthcare companies need to take to protect themselves from some massive data breaches such as what Target experienced last year.
It seems to be so common that most of us are unfortunately not very shocked when we hear of data breaches in healthcare. Did you know it costs the industry an estimated $6 BILLION a year??
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News emerged late last week that Anthem, the nation’s second largest insurer, experienced a massive cyber security breach that potentially put records of their members and employees in the hands of hackers. While it is unknown what kinds of information such as claims and other health related data was exposed, it was one of largest data breaches as of date.
Today, this article revealed the preliminary reason on why this occurred: weak password protection. I know it’s a pain to try to keep up w/the myriad different password requirements by different systems and websites, this latest hack is a sobering reminder that most organizations big and small have some sort of vulnerability that those w/nefarious intentions are waiting to exploit.