When Premera Blue Cross announced this week that ithad uncovered evidence of a data cyber attack that may havecompromised the health records of 11 million people, the newsdelivered a gut punch to the health insurance industry as awhole.

Premera was just the latest health insurer subjected to amajordata breach. As more information is stored online,more personal information is at risk to such threats. But even asthe at-risk data base grows, efforts to provide better security arealso evolving.

A white paper from Intel Security (McAfee) and the AtlanticCouncil takes a look at the risk-reward balancing act that’splaying out as the nation attempts to reap the benefits of a richdata network against the welfare of millions of individuals whocount on that data to be kept private.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.