Philadelphia-based insurer Independence Blue Cross confirmed about 17,000 people have been affected by a data breach when an employee uploaded member information including names, birth dates and diagnosis codes to a public website.

Zohar Alon, Co-founder and CEO at Dome9 Security:

Zohar Alon“The Independence Blue Cross data breach represents yet another example of an exposure of sensitive information at the hands of an employee. This underscores the critical importance of properly training all employees in an organization on cybersecurity best practices, and providing continuous educational opportunities as threats evolve. Additionally, because humans are prone to error, companies need to be looking to automate processes as much as possible, minimizing the need for human handling of data and reducing the risk of errors that can lead to data exposure.”

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