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The Phishing Problem in Healthcare
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March 01, 2021 – The healthcare sector has been inundated with cyberattacks in 2020 and 2021. Though they come from all different angles, the top one, by far, is email. If email is not protected, breaches will happen. And in healthcare, that leads to the release of sensitive information.
The rise of email-related breaches in healthcare has been staggering. In 2012, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, just 4 percent of breaches involved email. In 2020, that number reached 42 percent.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that both COVID-19 and major phishing increases in healthcare hit at the same time. Hackers are particularly skilled at taking advantage of human and systems weaknesses. When the healthcare sector worldwide began struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, hackers saw an opportunity to leverage years of increasing and earlier attacks on the healthcare sector.
In 2018, 83 percent of healthcare groups reported increases in cyber attacks . Some two-thirds of global healthcare groups have experienced an attack in their firms’ lifetime , of which 53 percent occurred in the last year. That’s because of the value of patient information. Patient medical records can be sold on the black market for […]