Meditology’s New White Paper Affirms Perfect Cyber Storm Striking Healthcare Organizations at Critical Juncture

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Since attackers are intent on obtaining patient information and other sensitive data for financial gain, providers must remain vigilant. Security and privacy threats will continually shape healthcare delivery and operations over the next several years.

In the wake of May’s worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack, emerging trends have created the perfect cyber storm striking unprepared healthcare organizations. Data proliferation, the fact that only one of every four business associates (BAs) possesses a security certification, an escalating cyber security skill shortage and risky medical devices are among the latest trends revealed in Meditology Services LLC’s second annual white paper titled “State of Healthcare Security and Privacy.”

The white paper outlines the emerging developments – several already a familiar pattern – healthcare entities should consider in building and deploying cyber protection programs. The research is based on Meditology’s combined forecasts and examinations of healthcare companies and provider clients confronting cyber security challenges. Meditology is a professional services company specializing in information security for healthcare organizations.

The white paper can be downloaded here.

The sheer volume of protected health information (PHI) processed, stored or transmitted across multiple platforms makes hospitals, health systems, physician practices, payers and other providers an even greater target for cyber attackers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported 106 hacking incidents in 2016, nearly double the year before and over 20 times more attacks than were discovered in 2010.

“Healthcare organizations have finite resources and budget constraints,” said Brian Selfridge, IT Risk Management Partner at Meditology Services. “Since attackers are intent on obtaining patient information and other sensitive data for financial gain, providers must remain vigilant. Security and privacy threats will continually shape healthcare delivery and operations over the next several years.”

Third party breaches are rising

Referencing a recent report from CORL Technologies, Meditology’s sister company focused on healthcare vendor security…

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