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The FBI Warned Healthcare Providers

Philip Lieberman, president of Lieberman Software addresses Community Health Systems and HIPAA in his response to today’s news of the breach

Philip Lieberman
Lieberman Software

Philip Lieberman, president of Lieberman Software addresses Community Health Systems and HIPAA in his response to today’s news of the breach:
“This part of the story really tells the whole story: ‘The FBI warned healthcare providers in April that their cybersecurity systems were lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to hackers looking for details that could be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions, Reuters previously reported.’ (see http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/18/us-community-health-cybersecurity-idUSKBN0GI16N20140818)
“The complete and utter disregard for security by the company is reflected in this statement that ‘It also said it is insured against such losses and does not at this time expect a material adverse effect on financial results.’
“The unfortunate reality is that most (but not all) of the healthcare providers have little concern for nor have they invested in IT security.  There is no incentive for them to invest, nor is there any material consequence of their failure to protect their infrastructure.  Some health providers with excellent reputations for quality and caring do make a substantial effort in IT security, but the sad fact is that one can probably make a strong correlation between the quality of health care of a hospital and their investments in IT security.
“As I have said many times before, HIPAA has had little to no effect in protecting patients and has been used as a brutal and cruel tool to control access to records by hospitals that act more as body snatchers to make sure competitors don’t care for their patients in an emergency, rather than compassionate  care givers.   HIPAA has done little to nothing to protect patients in the real world in IT or other circumstances.
“The funny postscript to this article is that ‘Community Health's stock was up 48 cents at $51.48 in late-morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange’ which could be translated to say that a data breach is good for the shareholders.  That is how sick IT security is at health care providers.”

Lieberman Software pioneered the privileged identity management space by releasing the first product to this market in 2001. Since then, the company has regularly updated and expanded its privilege management solution set, while growing its customer base in this vibrant market. Lieberman Software also develops a line of long-standing Windows security management tools.

Lieberman Software now has more than 1,200 global customers, including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 50. The company is a Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner, an Oracle Gold Partner and an HP Silver Business Partner.

The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA with offices and channel partners located around the world. All product development and testing operations are based in the United States.

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