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.