The amount of healthcare data breaches continues to grow year-over-year, and as healthcare organizations move to increase security measures in one area, attackers are finding new ways to access their systems to compromise the organization and steal data. Whether it is ransomware, data breaches, or IoT (Internet of Things) risks, the healthcare industry is under attack from many different angles. The next cyber attack could happen at any moment.
We have previously discussed ransomware on our blog and this infographic provides a checklist for preventing ransomware. There are, however, many examples of healthcare organizations being targeted by a recent cyber attack. According to a recent IBM security report, some of the more utilized are:
The threat of a cyber attack on the healthcare industry is very real and must be taken seriously by healthcare decision makers. Cyber attacks are typically the result of three elements: uneducated employees, social engineering, and outdated software and infrastructure. Proactive security measures and the financial commitment to ensure their success are imperative to protecting patients and their data.
And one of the primary methods for improving cybersecurity is to ask for help. You don’t have to do face the next cyber attack alone. Hackers and cyber attackers are always moving and always scheming new ways to attack you. Allying yourself and your organization with a firm that understands the nature of the security risks you’re facing and has proven methods for evaluating your environment and addressing your needs is key. Optimum Healthcare IT and our team of cybersecurity experts are here to help.
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