Obamacare Cyber Perspectives: Connecting the Dots on Beneficiaries’ Data Security Speculation
Daniel Udo-Akang, CGEIT, PhD

In the past few years, governments and businesses have taken advantage of the exponential growth and interconnectivity within the cyberspace to expand their digital transactions, services, and operations. As government services are expanded within the cyberspace, new vulnerabilities are created, enabling cyber criminals to exploit public and private assets and infrastructure. Although Internet resources are not trustworthy, U.S. dependence on e-government continues to grow as defenses are failing and the impact of cyber-attacks has not diminished. However, exploitation of cyber targets by cyber criminals represents either money or is motivated by political grievances. This article is structured to provide insights about challenges and speculations regarding the security of Obamacare beneficiaries’ data in the cyberspace. Although the healthcare marketplace entered the cyberspace as an attractive target for political adversaries, it could not be considered an attractive target to cyber criminals compared to high-profile networks such as credit bureaus, hospitals, DHS, department of driver services, Social Security administration, and other e-government websites. This article may create awareness on cyber security issues regarding e-government and e-transactions, contribute new knowledge to address cyber security issues, and contribute to the academic enterprise.

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