Lack of Cybersecurity
Due to the success of previous attacks and the relative lack of sufficient cybersecurity, healthcare is now the most attacked industry by hackers, fraudsters, phishers and ransomware attackers. The problem is the healthcare industry is highly focused at what it does best, providing the best quality healthcare possible. Many of its C-level executives lean towards the healthcare side as well, however only a handful of personnel are tasked with securing the data of the entire company and its patients. Put simply, healthcare data security is not the wheelhouse of the industry. And it shows.
"The industry that is supposed to offer everyone reprieve and look after their well being is under attack from cybercriminals."
IBM, one of the technology industry's most trusted and longest running companies, has recently released a report which claims that over 100 million healthcare records were breached in 2015. These records were harvested from 8,000 devices located in more than 100 countries. In the USA, and other countries which have implemented and enforced a health data security policy, such breaches can have hefty financial repercussions. Breaches of America’s HIPAA and HITECH acts carry a minimum of $500 per piece of data that was plucked by the fraudsters. Each of the 100 million plus healthcare records can contain numerous pieces of data, which when extrapolated represents billions of dollars in fines.