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Protecting Data in the Healthcare Industry

Cybercriminals looking for a lucrative payout have identified the healthcare industry as one the most attractive targets. Healthcare data breaches prove to be popular due to:

  • The high value of healthcare data, such as a person’s date of birth and Social Security number, which are key for identity theft, insurance fraud and more
  • Victimized organizations, such as hospitals, are often willing to pay ransomware demands
  • A general underinvestment in healthcare IT security, which makes systems easier to penetrate and disable
  • A lack of security expertise in the healthcare industry

In this white paper, we discuss best practices to prevent healthcare data breaches — focused on implementing appropriate strategies, policies, processes, training and cybersecurity defenses — that can mitigate much of the risk that healthcare organizations face.