Report: Healthcare Still Weak on Cybersecurity

health future medical appEven though cybersecurity is among the top concerns of the industry, healthcare is still largely vulnerable to future cybersecurity issues, according to a recent report.

The 2016 Annual Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Report looked at 700 organizations in the industry, including hospitals, insurers, and manufacturers, for overall cyber vulnerabilities. The findings: 75% of the entire industry was infected with malware over the past year medical treatment centers ranked best with a 76% infection rate, while manufacturers performed worst with an 88% infection rate.

Why so high? Blame the Internet of Things. Treatment centers house a large number of such devices with wireless capabilities but low security. Beyond that, the age of some facilities is a factor, dealing with legacy infrastructure that hasn’t been securely updated.

Medical records are a cash cow for hackers because they’re rich sources of patient personal information, such as social security details, contact information and financial data. Healthcare records can reportedly be traded for up to $200,000 in the digital underground.

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