California's insurance commissioner is asking insurer Health Net to share findings from its investigation of a recent security breach that compromised the data of 1.9 million past and present patients, including an estimated 845,000 California residents.
Calif. insurance commissioner to investigate Health Net data breach
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones also said he would lead a separate inquiry into the incident, which occurred in early February when several server drives went missing from a data center in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The breach was discovered when IBM Corp., which manages IT infrastructure for Health Net, told the insurer that the drives were lost.
"With identify-theft crimes on the rise, it is more important than ever to act immediately and comprehensively in addressing a privacy breach,” Jones said in a news release. "Although Health Net has agreed to provide us with the findings of its internal investigation, I intend to conduct a follow-up investigation of the breach."
Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Health Net has promised to provide affected customers with two years of credit monitoring and identity protection services.
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