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Last week, Anthem, second largest health insurer in the United States, suffered a major data breach. Over 80 million current and former customers had their names, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, employment information stolen.

What are the repercussions of this data breach?

Listen to our latest security slice podcast and hear Tim Erlin, Lamar Bailey, Lane Thames and Craig Young discuss how Anthem detected their breach, why encryption would not have prevented this breach and three steps other insurers can take to protect themselves.




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  • I think one of the best points you made in the podcast is about separating out the SSNs. In the healthcare environment, SSNs are usually only required at the beginning of a relationship – to verify the identity of the user, and to check credit. There are very few reasons why anyone at Anthem or their partners would ever need to have access to 80 million customer SSNs after that point.

    It's that kind of security blindness that creates the massive holes the bad guys climb through. Encryption works when it's used thoughtfully and with weaknesses and exploits in mind.

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