LabCorp Announces AMCA Breach May Have Affected Their Patients
LabCorp reported that about 7.7 million patients’ personal information may have been compromised in the AMCA data breach.
- By Kaitlyn DeHaven
- Jun 06, 2019
A day after Quest Diagnostics announced that their patients may have been affected by a data breach, LabCorp announced that approximately 7.7 million customers’ information may have been compromised because of the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) data breach.
Both LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics utilize AMCA as their billing collections agency, and after the agency announced there was “unauthorized activity” on its web page, both organizations learned their patients’ information may have been jeopardized.
Geroge Wrenn, Founder and CEO of CyberSaint Security said that it’s not surprising that more than one company was affected by the breach, and he expects that the public will soon find out about more affected companies.
“Due to the interconnectedness of modern business, I will be surprised if we do not soon learn about other companies affected by this breach,” Wrenn said. “Especially with our third parties, managing, tracking, and protecting the data that flows to and from our third parties is critical to cybersecurity resilience and a foundation of privacy best practices.”
Wrenn said that as third-party breaches are increasing, organizations must learn to monitor their third parties to ensure that their data is secure.
“The prevalence of third-party breaches, as well as the severity, is only increasing as digitization takes over modern business,” Wrenn said. “Organizations must be responsible for tracking their third parties, knowing the real-time status of their cybersecurity, data protection, and privacy postures, and identifying their risk tolerance using this information to request remediation activities and make the most informed partnership decisions possible.”
Kaitlyn DeHaven is the Associate Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.