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Hospitals Remain a High-Value Target for Cyber-Criminals, HAPevolve Can Help

March 07, 2019

According to a report from Moody’s Investors Services, hospitals are one of the four industry sectors with the highest risk of cyber-threats.

As interfacing grows with third parties, patient data and other financial information is being sent over many channels. This raises health care providers’ vulnerability. The push to share that information from health system to health system as part of patients’ care escalates potential risks exponentially.

Another concern among chief information officers and chief information security officers is the large, often undocumented number of internet devices scattered throughout a hospital. These devices all connect to the internet and the hospital network. Their primary role is providing instantaneous clinical data about a patient and their care. Unfortunately, the devices also represent opportunities for potential breaches into a hospital network. Concerns focus primarily on data breaches and the potential patient impact, as well as legal and financial impact, they can create.

Ransomware attacks are a different type of threat that place tremendous burden on health care organizations. Ransomware is software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. During 2016, 88 percent of all ransomware attacks in the U.S targeted the health care industry, according to Solutionary, an NTT Group security company.

In addition, a Ponemon Institute report reveals that 89 percent of studied health care organizations have experienced a data breach. The breaches involved patient data that was stolen or lost during 2014 and 2015.

HAP, and its subsidiary, HAPevolve, continuously monitor the issues and challenges facing HAP members, including cyber-security, and strive to find valuable solutions and partners to help them take advantage of opportunities and mitigate challenges. As an example, one of HAPevolve’s newest industry partners is Clearwater, a nationally-recognized health care cyber-security firm specializing in network and IOT security.

If you have questions on this important issue, contact Larry Estes, HAPevolve’s director, business development.

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