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Foundational Tips for Fighting Healthcare’s Top Cyberthreats

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nicescene.stock.adobe.com In 2021 alone, the healthcare industry saw a 123% increase in ransomware attacks and sensitive data breaches likely as a result of the pandemic. It is of no surprise that cyberattacks have only continued to escalate and intensify across healthcare institutions – further destabilizing the medical field, adding to concerns among patients, and creating more headaches for personnel-strapped IT departments.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), industry experts labeled 2021 the industry’s worst year ever for data breaches , with tens of millions of patient records compromised. The continuous blows to hospitals and smaller offices alike were largely successful due to hackers purposefully exploiting burdened healthcare organizations at a time when resources were already stretched.

Related: Hacker Used Malware to Delete 69,000 Patient Files at San Juan Regional

The financial value that comes along with patient health data means cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and targeting both large hospitals to smaller clinics and medical practices alike. Cybercriminals can easily produce millions of dollars a year through ransom payments and pure extortion, and this often exceeds the cyber defense budgets that most healthcare organizations carry.

As a result, the increase in telemedicine services, remote treatments, staffing […]

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