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Major Breach: Insurer Blames System Integrator

Community Health Plan of Washington, a not-for-profit insurance company, says a security vulnerability on the computer network of a business associate that provides it with technical services resulted in a breach affecting nearly 400,000 individuals.

Keith Fricke, partner and principal consultant at tw-Security notes that “news of this [CHPW] breach aligns with metrics HHS publishes each quarter identifying that roughly 30 percent of reported healthcare breaches are due to business associates.”…..

Fricke advises healthcare organizations to “start with risk analyses on business associates that have direct remote access into your network or are vendors to whom you have entrusted the storage or processing of large amounts of PHI. Also, make sure cyber …..


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