Anthem launching free protection starting Friday

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FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, the Anthem logo hangs at the health insurer’s corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Insurers aren’t required to encrypt consumers’ data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age _ a striking omission in light of the cyberattack against […]

WALLINGFORD & HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Anthem says it is ready to give you free credit and identity protection starting Friday. It comes after a push from the Connecticut Attorney General to move faster.

It’s been one week since Anthem informed Connecticut state leaders about the big security breach and reluctantly agreed to provide two years of security protection to affected Connecticut residents. Anthem says it’s been working with a vendor that is quickly making the necessary preparations to provide credit monitoring and identity theft protection to the millions affected by the attack. Very high demand is expected when the service goes live on Friday on the Anthem facts website that was established last week.

For frequently asked questions regarding Anthem’s cyber attack, click here.

The announcement comes in response to a letter from Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, D-Conn., and attorneys general from several other states.

“In response to the letter that I and nine other attorneys general from around the country sent to them yesterday that they have confirmed that Friday is the date that you’ll be able to sign up online,” said Jepsen.

The governor again praised Anthem’s original speed in getting the story out, but said more communication will be needed.

“I think they need to spend time on-the-air or in the newspapers communicating some additional information,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, D-Conn.

Even though over the weekend Anthem indicated that it was possible not all 1.14 million Connecticut members are affected by the breach, the Attorney General says it is everybody.

“Pretty much everybody who has Anthem Blue Cross, even it you had and dropped it in the last five years, will be affected to one degree or another we believe,” said Jepsen.

Also, the new leadership of the State Senate announced Wednesday that they will quickly move forward with a new law requiring healthcare companies to encrypt their data.

“Current encription technology can limit the amount of data that even authorized users caN use and view, one at a time, making it more difficult to compromise massive amounts of data,” said Majority Leader Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk.

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