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This year at PLUS International there were more cyber related sessions than ever before as this increasingly becomes an area of focus for more underwriters. The session I was invited to speak at, Cyber Insurance 3.0 Cutting Edge Advancements in Coverage and Services, covered some of the changes to coverage including new product developments.Read More »
I had been waiting for this question to be asked. Now it seems like almost overnight that everyone, including members of Congress and the Obama Administration, is asking about the level of security of the U.S. government’s new health insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov. The impetus for the elevated level of interest and scrutiny seems to be a September 27th memo internal to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that discussed security concerns and is extensively quoted in an ABC News article.Read More »
Last week saw the highest attendance ever at the Cyber Liability Forum in Marina Del Rey. It was a who’s who for Cyber insurance carriers, brokers, state regulators and a few vendors as well. There were many great sessions but I wanted to highlight a few of the take-a-ways that I had from the event.Read More »
I recently returned from the weeklong Gartner Group 2013 Symposium/IT Expo in Orlando where over 12,000 CIOs and IT professional from across many industries, including Healthcare were in attendance. Healthcare CIOs are expected to use innovation and use emerging technologies to become data brokers and data stewards in the new brave world of connected and mobile healthcare services delivery.Read More »
Experian is in the news again. While most recently due to their supporting role as a subcontractor in the new federal government health insurance exchange that has been having technical and availability problems (Software, Design Defects Cripple Health-Care Website, Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2013), the subject of this write-up concerns their role in the recent controversy in South Carolina, in which the nature of Experian’s business practices have come into question.Read More »
You know those questions that those “highly secure” websites like your bank or your brokerage account ask you to verify your identity? They do this because they believe they are asking you questions that only you, the real you, would know. Well, it looks like it is time to reconsider that belief.Read More »
Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), gave the keynote presentation today at the HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum in Boston. He began by noting that it is auspicious that he was presenting today, since September 23rd is the day that HIPAA business associates are now required to comply with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule including the substantial new security regulations under the Security Rule.Read More »
If you are the adventurous type you might appreciate a blind date now and then for the mystery it can offer but the same is never true when the blind date is with a regulator. The anxiety of not knowing your obligations and consequences well in advance of the date can be brand and even career threatening. While the 9/23/2013 enforcement date was rapidly approaching, I found myself spending time handling many calls from privacy officers and CISOs who are using our RADAR data incident management software.Read More »
Football season is underway. Fans paint their faces, grab artery-clogging hotdogs, and yell the opposing team into oblivion. We must apply that same fervor to fighting medical identity theft. The Ponemon Institute’s 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft received national coverage—NBCNews.com, The Wall Street Journal, CNNMoney.com and CNN to name a few—highlighting the societal nature of this crime.Read More »
The 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft, sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance, with support from ID Experts, finds that that an estimated 1.84 million people are victims of medical identity theft in the U.S., costing victims an estimated $12.3 billion. Medical identity theft occurs when someone uses an individual’s name and personal identity to fraudulently receive medical services, goods, and/or prescription drugs, including attempts to commit fraudulent billing.Read More »
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