Whether Excellus BlueCross BlueShield learned that it had suffered a cyber attack because the organization or a contractor was looking for signs of hacking, or learned from a law enforcement agency is not clear, as the company isn’t saying much about the incident outside of formal announcements.

But Mac McMillan, CEO at the privacy, security and compliance consultancy CynergisTek, believes there is a good chance that the company was being proactive. Since Blues plans started getting hacked, word has gotten out that plans need to get their act together and do forensic analysis, he says. But he wonders the degree to which other health insurers are being proactive.

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