Tuesday, March 11, 2014

OIG: Medicaid Info Security Lacking

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), a government watchdog, reported dozens of info security vulnerabilities at state Medicaid agencies. The OIG called for action at the agencies to prevent fraud.

"The fact that some of the vulnerabilities were [the same at] the 10 state agencies suggests that other state Medicaid information systems may be similarly vulnerable," according to the OIG.

The report "may increase public awareness of these pervasive vulnerabilities across state agencies and lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and all states to strengthen system security."
- Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General
Vulnerabilities included lack of risk assessments and user log monitoring, and poor access controls, which increase opportunities for identity theft and fraud. Such problems can be addressed with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services which proactively detect identity theft, as well as report on access control risks and compliance.
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Sources:
(a) Report on State Medicaid Information Security - www.OIG.HHS.GOV, 03/05/2014

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