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The Health sector is still one of the most targeted by cybercrime

The Health Sector Is Still One Of The Most Targeted By Cybercrime

The Health sector is still one of the most targeted by cybercrime. It’s confirmed by the last data released by the Protenus: More than 1 M patient records breached in 1 Q2018

The Health sector is still one of the most targeted by cybercrime. It’s confirmed by the last data released by the Protenus cyber security experts. According to the Breach Barometer, between January and March 2018 more than 1 million patient records were breached. The average of at least one data breach per day in healthcare continued to hold true with 110. In all, 1,129,744 patient records were breached in that three-month span. But there are good news too. Year-over-year, the number of records breached is significantly fewer in the first quarter. In fact, in March 2017 alone, data breach incidents tracked by Protenus affected 1.5 million patient records. It means that the new strategies against malware and criminal cyber attacks are working. The bad issue for the healthcare organizations is that they take an average of 244 days to detect a breach once it has occurred.

After the cybercrime one of the first sources of cyber threats and attacks are the insiders. They snoop on their family members, co-workers, neighbors and VIPs

For Protenus cyber security experts, the single largest breach in Health sector disclosed in Q1 2018 was the result of a hacking incident that involved an Oklahoma-based healthcare organization. This breach was the result of an unauthorized third-party that gained access to the health system’s network which stored patient billing information for nearly 280,000 patients. Furthermore the company discovered that apart from cybercrime, on of the biggest threat are the healthcare insiders. They snoop on their family members (77% of privacy violations in Q1 2018). Snooping on fellow co-workers was the second most common insider-wrongdoing violation, followed by snooping on neighbors and VIPs. The data also found that if healthcare employees breach patient privacy once, there is a greater than 20% chance that they will breach privacy again in three months’ time, and a greater than 54% they will do it again in a years’ time.

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