While COVID-19 has proven the healthcare industry’s overall resilience, it has also increased its cybersecurity risk with new and emerging threats. The rapid adoption and onboarding of telehealth vendors led to a significantly increased digital footprint, attack surface, and cybersecurity risk for both provider and patient data, a new report released by SecurityScorecard and DarkOwl…

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals have increased their reliance on the internet to carry out their job. From connectivity with patients, to the interconnectivity of different medical devices passing patient data, the threat vector has expanded dramatically, so cyber awareness has become crucial. Healthcare under attack: What about cyber awareness? This…

Cybercriminals exposed over 5 billion records in 2019, costing over $1.2 trillion to U.S. organizations, according to ForgeRock. Coupled with breaches in 2018 costing over $654 billion, breaches over the last two years have cost U.S. organizations over $1.8 trillion. Healthcare: The most targeted industry Healthcare emerged as the most targeted industry in 2019, accounting…

Hospitals and other healthcare organizations around the globe are under immense pressure as they test and care for patients with COVID-19. They are also under siege by cyber attackers. This month, Interpol released a warning to hospitals and other medical organizations saying they are seeing increasing targeted ransomware attacks aimed at these entities. While cybersecurity…

Cyberattackers’ interest in healthcare organizations continues to increase. In 2018, there were 284 breaches reported on the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) breach portal and 27 so far in 2019. According to InfoSec Institute, “nearly 95 percent of all medical and health care institutions have been victims of some form of cyberattack.”…

As the number of connected medical devices continues to rise, so does healthcare organizations’ attack surface. “Most medical devices available in the healthcare system today were not built with security in mind and it will take years until they are replaced (if they are at all) with next-generation devices,” says Leon Lerman, CEO and co-founder…

Healthcare organizations have high levels of confidence in their cybersecurity preparedness despite most of them using only basic user authentication methods in the face of an increasing number of patient identity theft and fraud instances in the marketplace, according to LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Key survey findings Specifically, the survey results showed: 58% believe that the…

32% of healthcare organizations store a wide range of sensitive data in the cloud, including healthcare data and personally identifiable information (PII) of customers and employees, according to Netwrix. In addition, the number of those who are ready to adopt cloud-first approach has increased by 31% since 2018, and the number considering becoming 100% cloud-based…

Privacy on the internet is important in all industries, but none more so than the healthcare sector, which handles mass amounts of online health data daily. While any data loss (financial, identification, passwords, etc.) is significant, it can be particularly wrenching to think of one’s personal medical details floating in the cloud, accessible to anyone…

Risks associated with Internet of Things, medical devices, third-party vendors, and program management are top of mind for healthcare executives, according to a CynergisTek’s survey. The survey of approximately 60 C-level healthcare executives revealed the greatest perceived threats and current challenges these organizations are facing in cybersecurity and privacy. The data also pinpointed some of…