After 2015 Mega-Breaches, Health Plans Dodge Major Cyberattacks — But Threats Remain

Data breaches have been pummeling health care organizations in recent years, and 2023 has proven no exception. But the largest number of breaches — as well as the ones affecting the most people — do not appear to be occurring at health plans lately. Industry experts tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that this is largely because U.S. health insurers have taken significant steps to shore up their cybersecurity defenses since a massive data breach roiled three Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated plans in 2015.

However, industry experts point out that even the most robust security protocols can’t prevent every attack — particularly as hackers get smarter. What’s more, soon-to-be-implemented federal regulations will ratchet up timely breach-reporting requirements on publicly traded companies.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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