MedStar Health, 21st Century Oncology, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. The list of cyber attacks targeting the healthcare industry goes on and on. The ten largest healthcare data breaches in 2015 compromised the personal health information (PHI) of almost 110 million Americans. That’s almost one third of the entire U.S. population (1).
Clearly, cyberattacks are no longer focused on financial institutions. When you look at what hackers and criminal syndicates are after, it makes sense: medical records contain sensitive and valuable information that may be used for identity theft and fraud but also to purchase drugs or medical equipment, which are then resold illegally, or even to get medical care (2). And because a victim of identity theft can’t change their date of birth or social security number (nor do these forms of identification have expiration dates), compromised health records are worth a lot more than other forms of personally identifiable information (PII) like credit cards and account numbers. In fact, a person’s medical information is worth up to 50 times more than his or her credit card number on the black market (3).
In addition, healthcare organizations are easy targets because they often lack the resources, processes and technologies to protect patient data. Their IT systems can’t keep up with medical technology and the amount of data all of these devices generate. There’s also a major push at most hospitals to digitize their records (EHR), and the rush to produce and store these records and demonstrate HIPAA compliance can create undue stress on legacy systems.
In the meantime, cyber attacks are getting more sophisticated each day. Medical devices like pacemakers and EKG machines, as well as wearables like fitness bands and the applications that link them to health providers are the new targets.
What’s a healthcare organization to do?
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