Think 2015 HIPAA breaches were bad, 2016 will be worse

Without a doubt, 2015 was the year of the healthcare mega-breach and a major turning point for the sector.

Some 56 major hacker attacks affecting a total of nearly 112 million individuals occurred in 2015, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The largest of these cyber-attacks hit health insurer Anthem, affecting nearly 79 million individuals, making it the biggest healthcare breach ever reported to HHS.

“2015 was a blaring wake-up call to healthcare entities and their business associates that protected health information of their patients is a bulls-eye for fraudsters and other cyber-criminals as well as nation states eager to steal IDs,” HealthcareInfoSecurity Executive Editor Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

In the blog, McGee:

  • Reviews major healthcare breaches in 2015;
  • Analyzes the severity of healthcare breaches in 2015 compared with previous years’ incidents; and
  • Advises organizations to pay close attention to the breach pain their peers suffered in 2015.

“Watch your back, and especially your databases, networks, email systems and medical devices in 2016,” McGee says, “because clearly hackers are watching them, too, waiting for an easy way in.”

In 2016 expect to see an surge in cyber-attacks and breaches on both the national and local scale. Implementing some basic preventative measures can pay off in big ways in the near future.

  • System monitoring and patch management
  • Redundant disaster recovery plans
  • Both hardware and software network protection
  • Full Disk Encryption
  • Current Anti Virus protection
  • Proper employee education  on Policies and Procedures

Take the steps today to secure your patients information tomorrow. Give us a call at CAM to help with these measures and more 888-959-0220.

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