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8/25/2015
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Ouch! Feeling The Pain Of Cybersecurity In Healthcare

There are lots of reasons why medical data is so vulnerable but the sheer numbers at risk speak volumes about the scale of the problem.
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Image Source: Keeper Security
Image Source: Keeper Security

There’s no vaccination that can stem the outbreak of recent healthcare-related data breaches. If anyone needs a reminder about why medical records are increasingly a target, just thumb through all the personal identifiable information stored in your cell phones, fitness trackers, social media, the cloud, and in service provider databases.

There are lots of reasons why medical data is so vulnerable – a fragmented industry,  the explosion of electronic health records spurred by the Affordable Care Act, and medical PII's increasing value to hackers. But the sheer numbers at risk speaks volumes.

Researchers at Keeper Security pulled together data from a number of recent reports on healthcare data security trends to create a graphical portrait of where the industry is -- and where it needs to be. Take a look at our slideshow on their findings, and then let's chat about what steps your company (and you as an individual) should be taking in the fight for better health IT cyber security.

Except where noted, the data points contained in the slides were taken from the Ponemon Institute's Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data released in May of this year.  

 

 

Marilyn has been covering technology for business, government, and consumer audiences for over 20 years. Prior to joining UBM, Marilyn worked for nine years as editorial director at TechTarget Inc., where she launched six Websites for IT managers and administrators supporting ... View Full Bio
 

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Joe Stanganelli
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8/29/2015 | 11:37:43 PM
Re: Worries
@Marilyn: This is really an excellent illustration of today's data economy.  Companies ask consumers/individuals for their data, and in exchange they get valuable services, goods, etc.; otherwise, you have to pay a premium.  Self-pay at medical centers and not going through or having health insurance can get to be a pretty steep price indeed for protecting one's data.
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8/29/2015 | 11:35:43 PM
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@Dr. T: I think you have a viable screenplay idea there.  ;)
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8/28/2015 | 7:06:39 PM
Re: Worries
I hear you. Good point. On the other hand self-pay would either go to Apple Pay or Google Pay, and I wonder when we will hear the news that they are compromised.
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8/28/2015 | 7:03:18 PM
Re: Worries
I agree future is more complex than what we see today. There will be improvement on the systems but security vulnerabilities will still be exploited since there will be more complex tools to do that.
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8/28/2015 | 7:01:07 PM
Re: Worries
That is not a bad strategy. I bet China would still figure out a way of cloning the person and identifying the health issue in that way. There is always ways to do that. :--))
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8/28/2015 | 6:58:53 PM
Re: Worries
It makes me uncomfortable too. We have been hear more vulnerabilities in government systems than private sector. This by itself is a problematic situation. Why would a small private company spend money on security if government does not.
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8/28/2015 | 6:55:52 PM
Overall Security strategy
I think its start from top to down: Strategy. Until companies get hit by themselves they do not think it will happen to them and they do not have any real security strategy to start with.

 
Marilyn Cohodas
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8/28/2015 | 8:05:11 AM
Re: Worries
And if you self-pay, Joe, that's one less database your PII goes in! :-0 
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8/28/2015 | 8:02:26 AM
Re: Worries
Whoopty,I think you are probably right. This is just the tip of the iceberg. We'll be seeing a lot more of this in the coming months.. and years..
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8/26/2015 | 11:43:04 PM
Re: Worries
Better start going to several different doctors and complaining of several different maladies, presenting with different medical histories, to each.  ;)

Of course, then you'd probably have to self-pay.  But then at least China won't really know what your health issues are.  ;)
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