As the majority of us applaud the dedication and selfless actions of those in the healthcare sector as they battle to treat the escalating number of COVID-19 patients, it is clear that cyber criminals may not share the same appreciation.
Throughout this crisis, the healthcare sector has continued to be a favoured target for cyber crime attacks intent on breaching data defences to install ransomware or steal valuable personal health data. In the twelve months to May 2020, the HIPAA journal has reported that 39.92 million healthcare records have been breached. Unfortunately, the healthcare sector continues to be a key target for cyber criminals who are on the look-out for easy high value targets.
It is understandable why healthcare organizations are the most popular target given the amount of highly confidential data potentially available. Also, when considering the extensive workload generated by this COVID-19 pandemic and the number of staff involved in patient care, securing data is an added complication. In addition, hospitals unlike their counterparts in the commercial world often do not have the same level of IT security skills and resources to fully protect against the determined cyber criminal.
To find out more about how Craig Hospital, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital has managed to secure their patient data, whilst enabling clinicians to stay focused on patient care –