How Healthcare is a Major Target for Cybercriminals

The internet of things has transformed the healthcare sector, allowing security practitioners to easily share information and deliver personalized treatments.

Yet many experts in the security industry believe that of all the industries facing serious cyber threats, healthcare is possibly the most at risk. That’s because relatively speaking, healthcare organizations are still behind when it comes to security defenses.

It’s also well-documented that external attackers have set their sights on protected health information (PHI). The value of medical records on the black market is at least 10X higher than credit card data. Why? PHI contains more personal data points and cannot just be reissued in the event of a problem. Bank account details and passwords can be changed following a breach; but information about allergies, disabilities, mental health or hereditary conditions, can’t. So, securing this data and a healthcare institution from these calculated threats should be a top priority.

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