From a Network Security point of view, the healthcare industry is perhaps the unhealthiest industry given the advanced level of gadgets and devices being used to monitor patients’ vitals yet, they have little to no network securities measures in place.
By Rick Rogers, Area Manager for East and West Africa at Check Point Software Technologies
Delegates attending the recent Healthcare Innovation Summit were told that medical records are being increasingly targeted by cybercriminals – data from the US showed that 89% of healthcare institutions suffered a security breach and were twice more likely to be targeted than other organizations.
Healthcare record theft increased a shocking 1100% this year with more than 100 million records compromised(http://APO.af/7QqC3W) worldwide. The biggest threat, says KPMG (http://APO.af/sxtmTg), comes from external attackers – at 65% – while malware tops the list of information security concerns.
But why is an industry with the technological ability to perform surgery on patients in other countries so sick when it comes to protecting information?
The answer is multi-faceted:
Valuable data. Data collected and stored by hospitals and other organizations, such as medical aid schemes, is up to …read more