Premera Blue Cross reaches proposed $72M settlement with 2014 breach victims

Health insurance company Premera Blue Cross has agreed to a $72 million proposed settlement that would resolve a contentious class-action lawsuit stemming from a 2014 data breach affecting roughly 10.6 million people.

Pending court approval and barring further appeals, the deal would require Premera to pay $42 million to fund comprehensive remedial measures and injunctive relief in the form of information security program improvements and business practice changes over the next three years, according to a motion filed on May 30 in Oregon District Court.

To that end, Premera has committed to “encrypting, archiving, and maintaining protected environments for data; requiring two-factor authentication for remote access for all personnel and vendors; performing various audits and testing exercises, and collecting and maintaining logs of covered information systems; operating a Cyber Security Operations Center; employing a Chief Information Security Officer; requiring Information Security training for its associates, etc.” according to the motion.

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