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Protected Health Information (PHI): High Value to Hackers: Medical Facilities at Risk
Date:2/14/2013

pping in and demanding that medical facilities secure their information. “The Department of Health and Human Services now levies fines under HIPAA for facilities that are breached, and forgiveness for non-compliance is a thing of the past,” said High Bit Security CBDO, Barbara Goushaw. “In spite of this, many doctors and clinics are hoping to stay under the radar of both criminals and the government. It’s time to recognize that cyber-theft plays a role in the high cost of health care, and one that is steadily increasing."

The complete case study can be reviewed at the High Bit Security website. The study details the testing results of the engagement, while keeping the client anonymous. “Thankfully, this medical facility took their responsibility seriously; in spite of the fact they thought they were secure. Their EMR provider (a large, national provider) was providing their day to day IT support, and told them not to worry about it. Since the medical facility wanted to be sure, they hired High Bit Security to do both an external and internal penetration test,“ said Goslin. “The chief physician was very disturbed at the magnitude of the issues identified once they received their final report; however was very glad their security stance was assessed so they were aware of the security vulnerabilities, and the fact that the detailed High Bit Security reporting allowed for swift remediation.”

About High Bit Security:
High Bit Security is a national security services provider, providing penetration testing solutions to clients who need to protect sensitive data in industries such as Healthcare, Credit Card, Financial, or companies that otherwise store Intellectual Property or Personally Identifiable Information. High Bit Security also provides

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