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Phishing: The New Fishing

Cyber thieves are constantly fishing for new angles using more sophisticated tools. Read about all the emerging cyber risks that medical professionals face today and share your own insights and experience.

Understanding where the risks are, how to prevent them and what to do if you are a victim of a cyber crime.

In healthcare, we deal with highly sensitive and very private electronic information, so of course our ears perk up every time we see headlines about the latest cyber threat or breach. The natural question is whether this could happen to us. This is constructive if it leads to cyber risk-prevention. But all too often, folks are responding with, “it could not happen to me,” or “my insurance policy covers this so I’m prepared.” These folks are ignoring the growing cyber threat around all of us. They are whistling past the “cyber” graveyard.

With increasing frequency, the media report another security breach that compromises sensitive personal information. Breaches can occur in any sector of society, including health care, and affect millions of people annually. Such breaches occur in a variety of ways, including system hackers; theft/loss of laptops, personal digital assistants and computer disks; or unencrypted information e-mailed to the wrong address. Given the sensitive nature of information held by health care providers and the increasing use of electronic technology, medical practice administrators should take steps to prevent such security incidents. You should also prepare a response plan in the event that such an incident occurs.

SALT LAKE CITY (December 17, 2013) – With most eyes on the potential implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the ongoing soft Medical Professional Liability (MPL) market, industry leader MGIS notes that brokers and physicians should be wary of other critical forces shaping the marketplace in 2014. MGIS is one of the largest and oldest providers of insurance products for physicians. Company President Jeff Brunken reports that the ongoing soft market and proliferation of low-cost add-in coverage options are two areas physicians and brokers should closely study and address in 2014…