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Can the healthcare industry stay ahead of cybercriminals?

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The healthcare industry, like many others, has been the victim of numerous cyber attacks. In fact, healthcare breaches became front-page news in 2015 with a hack of Anthem Blue Cross, which is still the largest healthcare data breach to date. Since then, attacks have highlighted critical vulnerabilities in the healthcare sector’s networks with attacks causing system outages, destroying data, or targeting business operations.

Since facilities switched to digital records due to government mandates and incentives as outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act., healthcare networks have become increasingly complex. While Electronic Health Records (EHR) enable physicians to easily access and share critical medical information and have greatly improved the performance and effectiveness of medical centers, they make the healthcare ecosystem prime targets for hackers. Unfortunately, due to the critical patient data they hold, supplemented with key personal identifiers, medical organizations have become common targets for attacks.

Each year, attacks on the healthcare sector have increased, with 2020 being a particularly bad year. Not only was the industry battling the global pandemic, they were also hit with a barrage of cyberattacks. This combination led to some of […]

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