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Treating Healthcare’s Insider Threat


There’s an old joke about why bank robbers rob banks. Because that’s where the money is.

Given the valuable assets under their care, banks, fintech, insurance, and other financial institutions have understood that they have to take special care to avoid data breaches and other threats.

But if the past week’s steady stream of news stories regarding data exposure at hospitals is any indication, then it should be pretty clear that the healthcare industry faces its own set of serious challenges when it comes to keeping themselves secure.

According to reports from last week coming out of, Phoenixville Hospital in Pennsylvania and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Wyoming both experienced incidents of employees accessing patient data that they were unauthorized to view.

In their reports, the insiders viewed data elements including: name, address, date of birth, date of encounter, diagnoses, vital signs, medications, test results, and provider notes. In a few instances, a partial Social Security number (last 4 digits), and medical insurance company name and identification numbers.

The particular details for the Phoenixville Hospital and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center can be found in their statements disclosing the incidents.Needless to say, the unauthorized employees who (allegedly) illicitly accessed the data have since become […]

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