Computer glitches plagued the debut this week of the online health care exchanges put in place by the Affordable Care Act, and while there's no evidence the website malfunctions and delays are anything more than a flood of traffic, cyber experts say citizens should be aware of the potential security pitfalls with the new exchanges.
The Affordable Care Act does not mandate security protocols for the exchanges, leaving the 15 states not participating in the federal government's health care exchange to write their own rules.
"I think in general states shouldn't have to require a mandate, they should just be doing it. When you consider the risks to their residents if these sites get compromised then I would think that this would be a no-brainer," said Alex McGeorge, Senior Security Researcher with Immunity.
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McGeorge points out that limited funds may be an issue preventing some states from implementing robust security measures.
Experts agree, however, that the federal health care exchange web site www.healthcare.gov, which serves 35 states, is more secure than the state exchanges.