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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Security Concerns Now Plague Obamacare

In a recent press conference by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, she testified that she was accountable for the problems with the rollout of Obamacare on the HealthCare.gov website. She continues to support the commitment to fixing the website’s software and system problems by the end of November.

The problem

However, what really has Americans deeply concerned now are the security issues surrounding the healthcare website. This goes far beyond simply not being able to get on the site, lengthy delays in signing up, and the site being down. Security issues have put people in a panic mode as they contemplate what could happen if hackers are able to get to their confidential information.

According to a memo within the government, the administration was warned of a high security risk because the HealthCare.gov website was not property tested. The memo came from IT officials at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The center of the concern is that the website was not submitted to a thorough end-to-end test regarding potential security issues.

The solution

Opinions vary on how serious the situation is. Sebelius claims the system is secure because information is stored in the same systems used by the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Homeland Security. However, according to CNNMoney, a software tester in Arizona claims the system remains vulnerable. The tester was actually able to change the passwords of users easily.

The seriousness of the problem depends on who you talk to. But the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is definitely monitoring the situation with a security team dedicated to fixing the problem.
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