The Cybersecurity 202: Why cybersecurity experts are so concerned about the health-care industry

by Larry Emmott on June 5, 2018

in Security

From The Washington Post:

In its quarterly threat report unveiled Tuesday, cybersecurity company Rapid7 found that the health-care sector experienced a surge in cyberattacks during the first quarter of 2018 — so many that it ranked as the top-targeted industry in the first three months of the year.

Source: The Cybersecurity 202: Why cybersecurity experts are so concerned about the health-care industry – The Washington Post

Cyber criminals are moving away from financial institution and are now targeting health care in part because health care facilities are an easy target. Hackers are finding innovative ways into healthcare systems using the Internet of things. In a dental office this could include a CBCT, or a 3D impression scanner and mill.

Even though hacking dental facilities is on the rise the major hacking breaches almost all involve third party payers. Here is a wonderful site that illustrates all the major reported breaches. Be sure and use the filters on the right hand side to isolate by industry and types of breach.

Hacks represent the largest breaches in terms of number of people exposed however the vast majority of reported breaches in healthcare come from lost or stolen hardware. You can protect yourself by simply making your machines hard to steal and even better encrypt all the data.

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