Selling Private Health Data in Face of HIPAA Violations


The human factor has always been one of the greatest challenges to maintaining your company’s cybersecurity defenses. Oftentimes, that means ensuring your workforce is savvy enough to recognize social engineering attempts. Other times, however, you’re banking on your employees’ moral compass and professionalism to keep sensitive data private. What is on the horizon now, is that future healthcare workers are willing to sell private health data in face of HIPAA violations.

According to a recent survey, data typically protected by HIPAA could be up for sale by the healthcare professionals of the future. According to this study by JMIR Medical Informatics published in July, 46 percent of graduating students pursuing careers in healthcare said they would violate federal privacy laws for an amount of money ranging from $1,000 to more than $10 million.

Insider attacks targeting your network is nothing new. It is often accidental, stemming from user error when the wrong employees have access to data and folders they shouldn’t. However, as this survey proves, many employees’ integrity can be bought, so you can never completely rely on integrity to keep your data safe.

This survey shows there is a need for preventative controls with monitoring systems while paying constant attention to authentication protocols to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data.

If your business works in the healthcare industry, you have plenty to worry about in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. Let the experts at 2W Tech handle your cybersecurity needs. We have an exhaustive Cybersecurity Compliance Program that will keep your operations protected from cyberattacks as well as in compliance with any regulations you have to follow for your industry. Contact us today to learn more.

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