Healthcare organizations are leading the race in the most hacked sector in 2019. Stats indicate 2020 will prove to be be even more staggering.
Between budget constraints and the use of legacy systems, hospitals and health systems are left susceptible to attacks by both criminal and state sponsored actors. Most recently, a healthcare facility had to temporarily stop accepting patients due to a malware attack that affected its computer systems. Not only are these issues putting patient data at risk, but now ailing individuals are unable to receive prompt healthcare due to poor cybersecurity measures.
It's difficult to stay ahead of data breaches, and healthcare leaders seem to largely agree that it's only getting more challenging -- and that's bad news for the financial health of the industry, as data breaches are projected to cost healthcare $4 billion by the end of the year. 2020 could be even more costly. Ninety-six percent of IT professionals in a new Black Book Market Research survey agreed with the sentiments that data attackers are outpacing their medical enterprises, holding providers at a disadvantage in responding to vulnerabilities. Thus far in 2019, healthcare providers continued to be the most targeted organizations for industry cybersecurity breaches with nearly 4 out of 5 breaches. More than half of all provider breaches were caused by external hacking according to respondents. https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/healthcare-data-breaches-will-cost-industry-4-billion-years-end-and-2020-poised-be-worse