Partner Colin Zick Discusses the Obamacare Enrollment Data Breach with Bloomberg Law

Article by James Swann

A recent hack of Obamacare enrollment records might result in a full-blown privacy investigation of the government agency that is responsible for the federal health-care exchange and serve as a wake-up call to the government.

The aftermath of the breach may be even more troubling than the breach itself, Colin Zick, with Foley Hoag in Boston, told Bloomberg Law. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first discovered the breach on Oct. 13 and needed a week to get the system back up and running, which doesn’t inspire much confidence in the agency and their systems, Zick, the co-chair of Foley Hoag’s health-care practice, said.

“It shows a lack of resilience at CMS, which is just as concerning, if not more so, than the breach itself,” Zick said.

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One thought on “Partner Colin Zick Discusses the Obamacare Enrollment Data Breach with Bloomberg Law

  1. Thanks for the article. I am not sure it will be a wake-up call for the government? I gave talks at MIT offering a (patented) solution after the IRS was hacked like 13 times or the instance when all names of government staff with clearances were hacked. Too many others to list.
    Data breach is a widely common and lucrative business. One glaring reason is the 2+ decade old technology that is used across the board to store the data – RDBMS – is medieval!
    In spite of the very costly repeated breaches, IT experts persist on more of the same? Even when presented with options they preferred the “well-tested” (maybe in being breached?) technologies.

    I would be interested to hear if someone actually wakes up! Please keep me posted – thanks

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