Healthcare Cybersecurity Facts

Cybersecurity should be at the forefront of any business’ mind, and this is especially true when it comes to healthcare organizations. Healthcare organizations have become the primary target for hackers due to the wealth of information they hold on patients. Read the healthcare cybersecurity facts you need to know below.

Healthcare Cybersecurity Facts

  1. Human error causes the majority of breaches
  2. Implementing an incident response plan can mitigate breaches
  3. Breach investigations may be drawn out and you could face costly fines
  4. Breach victims can open state investigations
  5. Reputational damage and downtime can lead to lost profits
  6. Some breaches lead to businesses closing permanently 
  7. HIPAA compliance protects you against breaches

Human error causes the majority of breaches

According to Cybint, 95% of breaches are caused by human error, so when it comes to healthcare cybersecurity, your employee is ultimately your biggest weakness. Over the past couple of years, this issue has been exacerbated by the dramatic increase in the remote workforce. Ponemon Institute’s annual breach report found that there was a 10% increase in breaches compared to the previous year, which can be largely attributed to the increase in the remote workforce. This is why training employees on cybersecurity best practices is just as important as implementing security measures to secure data. 

Implementing an incident response plan can mitigate breaches

In today’s world, breaches are inevitable. Being prepared for the inevitable breach, can mean all the difference when it comes to associated costs. According to the Ponemon Institute, organizations that had a tested incident response plan reduced the cost associated with the breach by 54.9%. This is because these organizations were able to more quickly detect the breach, making it easier to contain and thus reducing the damage caused. The damage done when a breach is drawn out can often lead to downtime, affecting business processes and attributing to loss in revenue.

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Breach investigations may be drawn out and you could face costly fines

Healthcare organizations that are breached are often investigate