In 2015 I think there is a good chance we’ll see a major security incident along the lines of this month’s Sony hack. This event will be like 9/11, in the sense that there will be a before and an after, and life as we know it will change forever. This has been coming for a long time. We’ll finally see how vulnerable we are and there will be a public outcry, most likely leading to some kind of government action. Up until now, most incidents have been security breaches of the disgruntled employee and clueless user variety, which are a huge big deal as far as HIPAA lawyers and privacy advocates are concerned, but not a very real threat to anybody.
This will be the real thing, with potentially disastrous results. I don’t know if this will be an attack on Healthcare.gov by a politically-motivated hacker group. (I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already. ) Or an attack on a academic hospital system designed to acquire potentially valuable patient and research data. Or a hack of a health insurance company, intended to Wikileak financial and (possibly damaging) patient claims data. For an insurer with a poor track record, this could cause serious problems.