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Kirk Nahra Discusses Lessons from Biggest Health Data Breaches of 2015
January 6, 2016

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in a January 4 article about lessons learned from the biggest health data breaches of 2015. Nine of the top 10 breaches involved hacker attacks, according to the article.

The breaches highlight the need for continual risk analysis, Mr. Nahra said. “These ‘cyber’ risks really aren’t new, but the form they take keeps evolving, and other risks change as well,” he said. “Security protection—whether as a regulatory requirement or just as smart business—cannot be stagnant; it must be reviewed, assessed, and improved almost constantly.”

Health care entities and their business associates could also bolster breach prevention and detection by improving their communication, Mr. Nahra said. They should “make sure that reporting channels are clear—that people know where to go as soon as possible,” he said.

Mr. Nahra predicted the cyberattack epidemic “will continue on a large scale, and will continue to be in the news because they have a long tail—both in cleaning up problems and in subsequent enforcement, if any, which can occur several years later.”

To read the article, click here.