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.

Marilyn Cohodas, Managing Editor, Dark Reading

August 25, 2015

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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.  


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Marilyn Cohodas

Managing Editor, Dark Reading

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 enterprise Windows platforms and technologies.

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