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Matt Kozloski

By: Matt Kozloski on July 20th, 2017

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5 Causes of Costly Cybersecurity Breaches in the Healthcare Industry

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Welcome to the present, a time in which no industry is uninfluenced by technological advancement. The healthcare sector has moved forward with million dollar investments that revolutionized the way we treat patients. But it’s also been transformed by technology that’s changed how providers and facilities create and manage electronic health records.

Technological advancements also bring new risks. Take the adoption of IoT-enabled medical equipment, for example. While these devices offer valuable functionality, they introduce new cybersecurity challenges.

With these factors and the scores of personal information they handle, hospitals and healthcare practices bear greater risks of cybersecurity breaches.


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According to an Identity Theft Resource Center report, the number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2016 hit an all-time high of 1,093. The healthcare and medical industry was the victim of 377 of those incidents – 34.5% of the overall total.

These cybersecurity breaches put your patient records in jeopardy and could dramatically disrupt your hospital operations (or worse, force a complete shutdown). Knowing your IT vulnerabilities and how to protect yourself from them can actually be a matter of life and death.

Learn about the five most common causes of cybersecurity breaches in the healthcare industry. Prepare your organization to mitigate the likelihood that these issues become reality.

About Matt Kozloski

Matt is an IT industry veteran and well-versed in professional services. He is the former leader of the CT VMUG. VCDX # 194, CISSP # 526947.