Update: Top 5 Health Data BreachesAnthem Incident Likely the Largest in Healthcare Sector
News that health insurer Anthem Inc. suffered a massive data breach after hackers gained access to a corporate database containing personal information illustrates yet again the healthcare sector's vulnerability.
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Joseph R. Swedish, president and CEO of Indianapolis, Ind.-based Anthem, says the organization was hit with a "very sophisticated external cyber attack" which gave the intruders unauthorized access to Anthem's IT system, resulting in the compromise of personal information of current and former customers and employees.
Here's an updated look at the sector's top five data breaches since the September 2009 enforcement of the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule.