We are all naked & exposed but CMS provides you with a template to report a data breach

When it comes to data, we are all vulnerable. While many states dictate when to disclose a breach there is no consistency in reporting.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had their system breached last month resulting in millions of searches on their system. This includes tax filing status, family relationships, citizenship or immigration status and other sensitive data.

After determining that their system was breached, CMS informed those affected with this letter. It is never easy to share bad news, but CMS acted appropriately in letting those affected know:

What happened?

When was it discovered

What is happening now?

What do I need to do?

You can save this letter and use it as a template for when your data is breached. After all, it is not a matter of if anymore, it is simply a matter of when.

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I bring people together to solve difficult problems & help protect your reputation. #Attorney practicing #PR. Fmr. Comms Director @CityofDetroit. Alum @UMich

I bring people together to solve difficult problems & help protect your reputation. #Attorney practicing #PR. Fmr. Comms Director @CityofDetroit. Alum @UMich