Premera Breach: Healthcare Industry the Most Vulnerable

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ESET Security Specialist Lysa Myers has written two blogs dedicated to recent incidents in healthcare industry. Last week Premera Blue Cross, the third major organization in the healthcare industry in United States of America, reported a data breach, losing information more devastating than any digital bank heist.

“According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 783 medical breaches in 2014, compared with 614 breaches on the 2013 ITRC Breach List, a dramatic increase of 27.5 percent year over year,” writes Myers in one of her blogs on “This has put healthcare industry breaches in first place for the largest number of breaches, for the last several years running, with over 40% of the total number of breaches. This is no surprise: medical records are worth more on the black market than payment card data.”

For more detailed insight into this topic together with advices on how to make healthcare industry more secure, read Premera Breach: Healthcare businesses in the crosshairs and The future of security in healthcare: Mobile devices on
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