As healthcare organizations continue to advance their use of technology by digitizing patient records, utilizing smart therapeutic devices and leveraging research data in new ways, the prioritization of cybersecurity has failed to keep pace.
Measures that simply meet regulatory compliance requirements don’t necessarily address today’s increasingly sophisticated, determined, and organized threats.
The healthcare industry has unique weaknesses including:
· Ripe for ransomware. Ransomware attacks are pointless if no one is willing to pay the ransom. Unfortunately, that is often the only option for providers, giving cybercriminals the leverage.
· EHR systems. A successful attack on EHR systems and digital processes can halt operations, putting patient lives at risk, and create a significant financial impact.
· ePHI files. ePHI is more valuable than credit card data. The ever-increasing use of patient ﬁle digitization, coupled with the value of these ﬁles, demands that cybersecurity be dramatically elevated in priority.
· Connected medical devices (IoMT) are growing in utilization and sophistication. While these medical device advancements represent progress, their network connectivity and often lagging updates leaves them open to cyber attacks.
To Protect against these threats ExpandMD offers the PL CyberSecurity Bundle. This stack of cyber security measures includes:
· Managed End Point Detection and Response
· Email Protection Services (EPS)
· Quarterly Vulnerability Scanning
· Employee Cyber Education and Testing
· 24/7/365 Secure Operating Center monitoring
· Backed by material breach and ransomware warranties
Protect your patients and your reputation while reducing the risk of unpredictable financial and resource costs that can damage or destroy your operations. Learn more about how PL Cybersecurity offers affordable, military-grade cybersecurity.
Why health care gets hit more
Health care organizations are particularly vulnerable and targeted by cyberattacks because they possess so much information of high monetary and intelligence value to cyber thieves and nation-state actors. The targeted data includes patients’ protected health information (PHI), financial information like credit card and bank account numbers, personally identifying information (PII) such as Social Security numbers, and intellectual property related to medical research and innovation.
In fact, stolen health records may sell up to 10 times or more than stolen credit card numbers on the dark web. Unfortunately, the bad news does not stop there for health care organizations — the cost to remediate a breach in health care is almost three times that of other industries — averaging $408 per stolen health care record versus $148 per stolen non-health record.1AHA Center for health