Security professionals have long argued against the use of static identifiers like passwords and Social Security numbers, while consumers have long questioned why a handful of bureaus can claim to be the ultimate judges of their identities.

While the Equifax data breach announced last week will reinvigorate the discussion about identity, the reality is the system is as vulnerable as ever, particularly in the health care industry, according to Julie Conroy, a research director at Aite Group.

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