HEABC, Ministry of Health Reveal Security Breach

HEABC, Ministry of Health reveal security breach involving up to 240,000 health care employees’ e-mail addresses and other personal information.

The Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) CEO Michael McMillan and Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced this afternoon a significant cybersecurity breach affecting health care employees’ personal information occurred on HEABC servers in June this year.

HEABC said it shut down the affected server and websites and has implemented additional security measures to ensure that the services affected are safely reinstated as quickly as possible. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security were notified and the breach has been reported to law enforcement.

HEABC has said it will notify every individual who may be affected and will provide credit monitoring services as needed.

Three programs were affected, according to HEABC: Health Match BC, Locums for Rural BC, and BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.

You can see the full HEABC news release and frequently asked questions here:

HEABC and the Ministry of Health have committed to taking all steps possible to protect employees’ information and to keep the union and its members updated as the investigation and steps taken to protect members’ private information continues.