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Is Your Health Care Data Exposed to Cybercrime?

Anne Bisagno


Health care's resistance to data breaches is at an all-time low, and the epidemic is getting worse. So says a recent study from Ponemon Institute, the leading data privacy and security research center. The numbers are intimidating: 90 percent of the country's health care organizations have had a data breach, such a huge percentage that it's affected more than 120 million people — one-third of the US population. Most breaches are due not to negligence, but to criminal attacks. And the pace of these attacks is accelerating: while 37 million health care records were compromised between 2010 and 2014, 99 million were compromised in the first quarter of 2015 alone.

However, the Ponemon study also offers some hope. More than two-thirds of health care data breaches are discovered during audits or assessments, and it turns out they're primarily caused by weak, stolen, or lost credentials and lost or stolen mobile devices — vulnerabilities that are relatively easy to address.

If you're a health care company, it's time to apply some preventive care. Our security guide,"The 5 Critical Elements of Risk Assessment," will help you develop a treatment plan. After reading it, contact us for next steps.

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