Doug Bedell — December 2, 2019, 11:00 am

…Health Care Records Sickeningly Accessible for Computer Hackers


The Internet appears to be turning unhealthy for growing numbers of unsuspecting healthcare providers and users. ThreatPost reports that “October experienced a 44.44 percent month-over-month increase in healthcare data breaches, resulting in 661,830 healthcare records exposed or stolen during the month. A security blight is occurring.

“The three most notable breaches of the month, according to the (Office of Civil Rights) report, were all a result of cyberattacks and hacking. These breaches include Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers (152,000 records exposed as a result of a ransomware attack); Kalispell Regional Healthcare (140,209 records thanks to a phishing effort); and the Methodist Hospitals (68,039 records also phishing).”

Why is this occurring? Javvad Malik, a security awareness advocate at KnowBe4, told Threatpost that “Broadly speaking this is a cultural issue, where medical institutes, by and large, do not consider security requirements and do not drill in security through every role. Until we see cybersecurity being embedded into the culture of healthcare organizations in the same way that we try to combat the spread of germs with constant reminders and availability of anti-bacterial hand wash, we will continue to see breaches occur.”

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