Even More Security Risks Found at HealthCare.gov
HealthCare.gov has had more than its fair share of problems, beginning with the very first launch (nearly three months ago) of its site when site visitors couldn’t access the form to sign up for Obamacare. Since then, several vulnerabilities have been found, but most thought those problems were over ––until now. On Monday, Dec. 16, “two high findings of risk” were reported.
According to CBS news, Teresa Fryer, chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed those findings in an interview. Fryer also refused to sign a letter that recommended a temporary ATO (Authority to Operate) be granted for six months, but she was overruled by her superiors.
A finding of high risk vulnerabilities could result in the loss of confidentiality and could have a catastrophic effect on operations, or even individuals, said the article.
So, when will this Website be considered safe enough for use? With the millions of Americans still trying to sign up for Obamacare, I think any vulnerability is too much. After learning that the personal information you enter while trying to get the healthcare may not be secure, I don’t think I’d be willing to take that chance.
How do you feel? Do you think the United States government should be able to repair, restore and defend against any cyber security threats? I’d like to think so, but now I’m not so sure. Hopefully, these problems will really be resolved soon.
Posted by Lindsay Page on Dec 20, 2013