Mounting security threats up the ante on healthcare incident response

Data security is a top of mind for every healthcare organization. That’s no surprise given the ever-increasing frequency in breaches and cyberattacks. According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, as of June 2016 there were 142 data breaches reported – 48 due to unauthorized access, 43 due to hacking/network server incidents, 37 from lost/stolen devise and 4 from improper records disposal.

Healthcare remains an appealing target for cybercriminals and an industry rife with valuable data that’s even more valuable to malicious hackers. That’s why cyber incidents will remain a significant problem and a trend that, unfortunately, will only continue to increase.

To make matters worse, a recent study by researchers at three leading universities concluded that additional threats are coming from within ‘the house’ as clinicians and other staff are taking shortcuts and finding workarounds to security measures in an attempt to deliver better patient care.

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