Will Obamacare be secure?

I’m sure most people would agree that our health is the most, if not one of the most important aspects in our lives. The information pertaining to it is vital, and extra precautions are to be taken not just seriously, but are obligatory. Any loss or manipulation of data could definitely prove to be irreversible and even fatal.

Well with the new healthcare system that is supposed to take place (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or commonly referred to as ‘Obamacare’), it seems as if it is not fully ready to prepare itself from a scale of threats. Just to illustrate, the article states how the CIO for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services; “…won’t sign off on data security until Sept. 30, one day before health insurance marketplaces are scheduled to open.” This does not sound reassuring, given that this organization will be responsible for running the data hub.  Also, the lack of proper screening and training by those obtaining information from applicants is mentioned to be a prominent concern. Sensitive information like SSN’s will be at the hands of many who may have not gone through adequate screening and can make ways data loss and theft.

What do you think about this, and should it be brought into the public discussion? Identity thieves will always search for ways, but the government and other agencies should hold more accountability for their programs (regardless of which political party or figure is in power).

Levin, Adam. “Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 13 Sept. 2013. Web. 17 Sept. 2013.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-levin/politics-aside-is-obamaca_b_3916387.html?utm_hp_ref=technology&ir=Technology

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4 thoughts on “Will Obamacare be secure?

  1. The same could be asked about our: credit card businesses, the person we are companions with, the person that sits next to us, or other financial organizations such as banks & credit card company’s. Customer service representatives can be no other different than an attacker. Depending on the employee’s intent, they may ask for personal information such as bank account number, and/ or social security number. Employees are not supposed to keep this information for themselves, but use it for business only (private information does not leave the facility). Should we trust our credit card companies? Our banks? Our college registry? These are some of the things I feel to consider when giving away private information to an organization for “security clearance”, purchasing, etc.” Employees can also steal money from us.

    • Agreed, but health information can be much more damaging to have leaked. Information about various procedures, operations, treatments could be very harmful to have leaked and could be VERY valuable information to have about someone who contains some sort of power.

      Consider a City Mayor that started HIV treatment and had not gone public about it. If an attacker was able to get this information, the blackmail could certainly be profitable.

      Stealing your CC# or SSN can be a pain and discomforting, but ultimately can be fixed and/or undone. If someone takes your health history, I see that as a MUCH more sensitive breach of security.

      • I do agree that leak of health information would be valuable to some attackers. Since it seems like this new system will have many faults if it does not get reformed, hackers might take advantage of this opportunity and attempt to hack the system to steal personal information and maybe money. My prediction is that there will be a couple of attacks once this new system takes place and it will not be fixed until a few weeks after the attack(s).

      • Blackmailing would be a serious scare tactic that could enable attackers to do what they want to do. However, I seriously believe that enforcing a system to secure sensitive information in the hands of authorities, would not stop anyone from stealing personal information from other people. I am not sure how complicated this new system is, however, I’m pretty sure this new system is making a lot of policymakers scratch their heads.

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