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Two new high-profile hacks this week collectively exposed millions of users’ data, both more worrying than what has become a run-of-the-mill credit card breach. The reasons for concern, of course, are a bit different. The first breach, announced Wednesday, was at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a major health insurance provider in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. A relatively small 1.1 million records. According to the Washington Post, “The database the hackers accessed did not contain members' Social Security numbers,... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  May 22, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
The good, the bad, and the ugly of the last week It’s been quite a week for cybersecurity as Anthem worked through the fallout from their massive data breach the week before, the federal government upped the ante on cybercrime, and Facebook implemented new tools for sharing threat information. But, then again, what week isn’t marked by some serious security news lately? One message came through loud and clear amongst the security news: end users are often the weak link in the chain. Case in point: Jeb Bush. In the interest of transparency... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Feb 13, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Hours before we learned about what may become the largest healthcare-related data breach in history, I posted a blog on vulnerabilities in our healthcare systems. On Wednesday, the second largest health insurance company in the United States announced that it had been the victim of a massive cyberattack, with as many as 80 million customer records compromised. Earlier that morning, I posted a blog that feels eerily prescient, even for someone who has worked in health IT for enough years to know we were headed for trouble. As I explained in “3... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Feb 05, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends