Healthcare providers have a responsibility to ensure the security and privacy of medical records and patient information as well as to provide reliable, quality healthcare services. However, myriad cyber threats such as ransomware, data breaches, DDoS attacks and more make it challenging to meet these objectives.
The healthcare sector is vulnerable due to the high value of electronic protected health information (ePHI) and financial data. Experian reports that full medical records can command up to $1,000 because they’re an identity thief’s dream: date of birth, place of birth, credit card details, Social Security number, address, and emails. In contrast, Social Security numbers sell for just $1, and credit card information goes for up to $110.
And healthcare is a relatively easier industry to attack for three important reasons:
1. Patient portals provide one-stop access to medical identity, personal information, healthcare records, as well as financial details, all of which criminals can use for identity theft, financial fraud, healthcare fraud, or to sell to other criminals. Unauthorized access and shared credentials also can result in diminished quality of care and misdiagnosis, privacy breach, and compliance risk.
2. The overall attack surface is huge. Healthcare providers are increasingly using touch-pad computers when seeing patients, for example, plus numerous other personal devices that they bring to work.
3. Innumerable medical devices are online and often poorly secured. Criminals can purchase these devices on the open market and analyze them for weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Since compromising these devices and holding them for ransom can putlives at risk, healthcare providers are likely to pay a lot and pay quickly.
If a healthcare provider suffers a data breach, especially if it involves healthcare data that could compromise quality of care, patients may turn to another provider. The provider could also be subject to HIPAA compliance violations and breach fines.
Accordingly, healthcare providers are looking to Lastline to secure sensitive data, improve the productivity of short-handed security teams, and prevent data breaches, including the ability to:
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