Too many healthcare employees complacent about security

Non-technical health care employees are too complacent about the possibility of a data breach

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Non-technical health care employees are too complacent about the possibility of a data breach, and few are aware that it has happened to their organizations, according to a survey released today of employees at large and mid-sized health care organizations.

"There's a typical 'it can't happen to me' phenomenon," said Steve Kelley, at Chicago-based Trustwave Holdings, Inc., which sponsored the survey.

This is a huge vulnerability gap for health care organizations, he said, considering the large number of data breaches hitting health care organizations in recent years.

"It has either already happened to you, or will happen to you -- or you're not just aware of it yet," said Kelley.

In the past two years, attackers have stolen data from 81 percent of hospitals and health insurance companies, according to a report released by KPMG, attracted by the high value of health care records.

Health care records are worth up to ten times more on the black market as credit card numbers.

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