Medical identity theft has been compared to the wild west for hackers. The crime is largely new and uncharted territory and happens when someone steals an individual’s personal information to obtain health care. Medical Identity theft is a lot like credit card theft with one major difference. A victim can cancel a card and freeze their credit, but they can’t cancel their medical history. Especially in cases of a medical emergency, experts warn a compromised medical identity could be deadly. Important information like prescription medications, pre-existing conditions and allergies, all used by doctors to make determinations about an individual’s care, […]

Informed, empowered employees can be your best defense in shielding sensitive information When it comes to protecting your organization’s most sensitive data, it can be easy to focus on the role of technology. While technical controls are indeed essential, they by no means should be your only approach to ensuring data privacy. This is especially true when it comes to “visual” privacy, which is the protection of sensitive and private information shown on your display and paper form. Threats to visual privacy are plentiful as companies’ information has become more vulnerable than ever. For starters, employees more frequently use mobile […]

Medical identity theft and medical fraud are on the rise and you could be the main cause! COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) In a February study by the Ponemon Institute – which conducts independent research on information security – 2.3 million adults had someone fraudulently using their personal health information for medical services in 2014. That’s up 21 percent from the year before. Think it can’t happen in Georgia or South Carolina? A woman in the Atlanta area of Kennesaw fell victim. She did not want to go on camera. She did tell the Wall Street Journal someone used her social security […]

One in six million people will become the victim of medical identity theft in the next five years. Bryan Laskin joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS’ Tom Durian to talk about ways to prevent becoming a victim of the largest growing form of identity theft. Click here to watch the newscast. April 16, 2016 by KSTP 5 News ABC

Amid a flurry of cyber attacks in which hackers have demanded ransom payments from health systems, a top executive at Northwell Health met with FBI officials and federal prosecutors on Wednesday to discuss how law enforcement can help combat this persistent and growing threat. Northwell Health, the largest private employer in the state, is attacked unsuccessfully millions of times each month by computer programs and programmers looking for a way into their system, said John Bosco, the company’s senior vice president and chief information officer. Northwell is hardly unique. Health systems have for some time been favorite targets for bad […]

Security chief Meredith Phillips says the health system reorganized internally to more effectively manage and secure 60,000 medical and Internet of Things devices, and to strongly position itself to handle evolving threats, such as ransomware. Henry Ford Health System is taking far-reaching steps to block insidious cybersecurity threats against Internet of Things technologies and medical devices. IoT and medical devices – well known to be soft spots in terms of privacy and security – are particularly tricky because most manufacturers have not yet incorporated robust security features into them. “Organizations must examine if they have their clinical engineering department positioned […]

There is one particular kind of identity theft that has increased 125 percent in just the past few years. Your medical records and insurance information are each made up of important details about your identity and thieves are looking for ways to get to it. “Medical ID theft is absolutely huge because there’s so many ways you can take patient ID information and use it to get prescription drugs, they use it to commit insurance fraud so they’ll feign some type of injury or something like that and try to pocket as much money as they can,” said Dave Carattini, […]

Hackers and data thieves are targeting the healthcare industry — including dental practices — at an increasing rate. Recent studies show the following: Out of five industry categories, the medical/healthcare industry had the most data breaches in 2014 — for the third year in a row — totaling 41.5% of all security breaches last year. Medical identity theft has nearly doubled in the past five years, according to a 2014 study by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA). The MIFA study also found there were almost 500,000 more victims of medical identity theft in 2014 than in 2013. Why are […]

Recognized for developing an innovative approach to data breach response. Meredith Phillips, chief information privacy & security officer at Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, was presented the PHI Hero Award at the 2016 PHI Protection Network Conference in Philadelphia last week. Phillips was recognized for building a culture of privacy and security across all departments and developing an innovative approach to data breach response. The first step toward a more nimble response to data breaches was the establishment of a new Information Privacy Office (IPO), which has approximately 60 employees, with an expanded scope to include all confidential data. […]

Cybercriminals increasingly are using stolen medical records for other types of identity theft beyond health-care fraud, including filing fraudulent tax returns. Last year, almost 100 million health-care records were compromised, making them a hacker’s No. 1 target, according to a report by IBM. Now, hackers have realized “you can use those profiles for normal fraud stuff,” wrote one seller of medical records on a website shown to CNBC by IBM. Hackers sell the medical records to other criminals on the so-called dark Web, a portion of the Internet not indexed by search engines. In order to access these websites, you […]