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Kirk Nahra Provides Insight on Challenges of Detecting Insider Data Breaches
Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in a HealthcareInfoSecurity.com article about the challenges healthcare organizations face in detecting and preventing insider data breaches, following hacks at a Florida hospital and a Washington state Medicaid agency.
“Insider breaches are a huge problem that don’t really get enough attention from companies,” said Mr. Nahra. “They do result in terminations and/or prosecution in certain situations where they are caught. But it is a major problem that often gets ignored or under-treated because of more attention on things like hacking,” he said.
The healthcare sector has plenty of company when it comes to the security and privacy headaches caused by insiders, Mr. Nahra noted. “These insider situations are not unique to healthcare—it is an issue for every industry where relatively low-level people have access to information to do their job—think a call center employee—with limited ways to control access and lots of opportunity to do bad things,” he said. “Companies need to take this issue seriously, and look at realistic ways to control access and engage in better ongoing monitoring of potentially problematic behavior.”
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