Healthcare Data Breaches on the Rise
It is no secret that cyber thieves love to target the healthcare industry. Recent reports show that healthcare is now the most heavily attacked field, even above the highly reported large retailer breaches as well as breaches within the financial services sector. Described as the year of the healthcare data breach, 2017 saw 374 healthcare data breaches compromising over 5 million records. The leading attack vector remains hacking – specifically, ransomware and malware – to locate sensitive personal and financial data which can be resold on the black market.
Why do hackers breach healthcare systems? To find valuable data that can be resold on the black market – especially payment data. As in the multi-million-dollar Anthem and Target data breaches, malware was the culprit and is responsible for a large percentage of point-of-sale (POS) breaches – to the tune of 5 malware attacks every second or 170 million each year.