Healthcare Cyberattacks Up 300%

Cyberattacks are increasing across the board, regardless of industry. However, a new report reveals that cyberattacks in the healthcare industry rose 320% in the past year. To put that startling figure into focus, in 2015, there were 5,249,675 patient records affected by cybersecurity breaches; in 2016, that number rose to 9,503,161. In a new article from Health IT Security, editor Elizabeth Snell reports on this new data.

Healthcare providers are particular targets for cyberattacks because of the type of data hackers can steal. Protected health information (PHI) is a commodity among cybercriminals, and data breaches leave patients vulnerable to all types of fraud.

“These types of attacks exploited numerous vectors, including point of sale systems, phishing emails, and drive-by malware,” writes Snell. “The largest healthcare data breach in 2016 was at Banner Health, with approximately 3.2 million patient records affected.” Although large-scale breaches get lots of publicity, smaller practices should not let their guard down. In fact, they are increasingly becoming targets; due to their size, most do not invest the necessary resources in preventing cyberattacks.

To read more, see Snell’s full article from Health IT Security.

Note: This content is accurate as of the date published above and is subject to change. Please seek professional advice before acting on any matter contained in this article.

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