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Deal with health care cyber-attacks, data security & government audits

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by Stephen A. Riga, Esq., Ogletree Deakins

padlock and browserThere has been a steady drumbeat of bad news for the health care industry when it comes to data security: Insurers facing massive data breaches affecting millions of individuals and hospitals having to choose between paying cybercriminals or losing critical data.

These are not isolated events. A close look at the issues makes clear that the threats to data are real, the cyber-attacks potentially devastating and the costs involved are significant and growing.

Why is health care a target?

The driver for attacks on the health care industry is simple: money.

In a 2014 private industry notice, the FBI’s Cyber Division indicated that a partial electronic health record (EHR) could command $50 on the black market—a far greater return than the $1 typically exchanged in an illegal transaction for a stolen Social Security number or credit card number.

Meanwhile, many health care providers have...(register to read more)

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