When the country’s second-largest health insurance company is hacked leaving the personal information of 80 million people vulnerable to identity theft, it’s a watershed moment that cannot be ignored. There is no doubt that this data breach is a wake-up call for a healthcare industry that is lacking when it comes to information security.

As Lynne Dunbrack, research vice president at IDC Health Insights, observes, healthcare organizations today are “at greater risk of a cyberattack than ever before, in part because electronic health information is more widely available today than in the nearly 20 years since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was passed.” However, no one should be surprised that cybercriminals view the healthcare industry in general as a soft target.

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