This is problematic, Anthem Inc. the country's second largest health insurer was hacked, this isn't a small hack, this is a large scale hack that not only affected employees but customers as well. The stories being written suggest that this is one of the largest data breaches in the healthcare industry, significantly larger than Community Health Systems who were hacked last year. This is a serious issue, and as discussed briefly before, without consistent security being consistently reliable, consumers won't have much trust in sharing their health information with their healthcare provider or insurer.
There are a few things that must be kept in mind with regard to the information that was taken comprising of 80 million records from customers and employees in this hack, the information stolen:
- Customer's names
- Dates of Birth
- Social Security Numbers
- Member ID Numbers
- Phone Numbers
- Email Addresses
- Employment Information
Some of the other information stolen in the hack may include details of a customer's income, looking at the list above, the list of very significant and vital private information is nothing to brush off though that's the main problem. This hack will be brushed off, it won't be treated with such importance or significance that the brute force attack that happened through celebrities photos on their mobile phones.
The reality is the news cycle will not cover this in such detail, what's worse is that consumers will turn a blind eye to the hack. Not saying this will be ignored entirely unfortunately there's a strange sense of what's taken as important and truthfully it doesn't seem many people care about their very important data being stolen, truthfully there's an inherent stupidity in many individuals that feel the theft of photos is more of a serious issue than the theft of their financial or health information.
I'd love to be wrong, but in order to be proven wrong there has to be a growing awareness of the seriousness in the hacks that are occurring on what has now been a monthly basis. Truthfully there's no immediate way to protect data 100%, there's no way information can be truly secure, though steps should be taken to add layers upon layers of security but firms would actually have to take such measures seriously.
Anthem Inc., the country's second largest health insurer was hacked, Sony before it, Home Depot and Target before it, along with many others before and around the same time as them, this hack won't be the last. What's unfortunate is that the populace at large won't find any of this that important, the news won't find the story that attractive to go into such depth and detail to report on the importance of what happened, the importance of what's been taken won't be understood nor realized. Many will simply turn a blind eye.