Health Hacks Could Be As Brutal as Those in Hollywood; Biggest Threat Still Employee Mistakes

Health Hacks Could Be As Brutal as Those in Hollywood Biggest Threat Still Employee MistakesWhat can the recent hack on Sony Pictures teach us about the healthcare sector?

Actually, among the privileged Sony information bits that were compromised were not just nasty emails about Hollywood stars, but also employee healthcare data and other personal information.

So says Michael Bruemmer of Experian Data Breach Resolution, who believes the primary lesson to be learned is “that any organization that handles health information is vulnerable to hacking, regardless of whether it’s a healthcare provider, a business associate that processes the data, or an employer, such as Sony, that communicates about workers’ healthcare.”

Now Bruemmer, who is vice president with the Experian Data Breach Resolution group, a firm offering incident management, notification, call center support, and fraud resolution services, can be heard online. His interview at Health Care Info Security is a must-listen for anyone involved in healthcare information, data, security, or related fields.

Bruemmer provides a great primer on the lessons to be learned from this and other recent breaches in security — from hacking to training to the proverbial problems associated with passwords.

Interestingly, despite the risks posed by hackers, the number one cause of problems continues to be employee mistakes. That will remain the case for most organizations in 2015, Bruemmer argues.

“Of all the incidents we service, regardless of the vertical [market], 80 percent of the root cause is employee negligence,” explains Bruemmer. “That includes such mistakes as losing laptops or clicking on a phishing e-mails. Employees are still the weakest link.”

Bruemmer is advocating that organizations ramp up job-specific privacy and security training.

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