Two recent data breach incidents in the healthcare industry prove what readers of this blog have heard all too often: KNOW THY VENDORS.
Last week, Phoenix-based Banner Health reported one of the year’s largest data breaches. Banner reported that it had suffered a massive cyberattack potentially affecting the information of 3.7 million patients, health plan members and beneficiaries, providers. This attack is notable for all companies and not just healthcare providers covered by HIPAA. Reportedly, the attack occurred through the computer systems that process food and beverage purchases in the Banner system. In the incident, according to reports, the hackers gained access to the larger systems through the point-of-sale computer system that processes food and beverage purchases. The attack was discovered on July 13, and Banner believes hackers originally gained access on June 17. Continue Reading To Protect Data: Keep Your Network Access Close, and Your Vendors Closer