In the case of the health care industry, companies know not only that have they been hacked, but they remain tempting targets in a new frontier of the cyber war that has opened up on its front lines.
"The threat of cyber security is tremendous," said Beth Strapp, vice president and Specialty Insurance Health Care manager for Chubb (CBI). "While many threats are known to the health care industry and patients; others threats are evolving and emerging. Medical records are the obvious threat. Detection is difficult by both health care providers and affected persons, who may not realize for months or longer that their records have been compromised. What's at risk is not just the information in the record but that this information can be changed, which could impact future patient care."
Strapp's company develops cyber security products that allow health care organizations to provide medical record monitoring for its health care customers. This is the kind of tool increasingly used in an industry where the threat of a single theft is just the tip of the iceberg.
In the last nine months, there have been three large data breaches in the industry affecting health care industry giants Community Health Systems (CYH), Anthem (ANTM) and Premera Blue Cross, representing a total of 95.5 million stolen medical records. Put another way, this represents the health records of almost 30% of the entire U.S. population.