While breaches have continually grown throughout the years, the study uncovered concerning cybersecurity trends in healthcare. According to the data collected, there was a 300% increase in vulnerable healthcare organizations as compared to 2020, with 60% of surveyed healthcare organizations (1,500 organizations) considered prime targets for large-scale data breaches affecting 500 or more patients. Black Book Market Research has also predicted that healthcare breaches are likely to triple in the coming year. So with healthcare organizations as a prime target, cybersecurity in healthcare has become increasingly important.
Cybersecurity Trends in Healthcare: HHS Cybersecurity Guide
In May 2017, the HHS formed a Task Group focused on building a set of voluntary, consensus-based principles and practices to improve cybersecurity in the health sector. The Task Group was formed in response to the growing cyber threats against the healthcare industry to provide guidance to healthcare organizations on how they can better secure protected health information. Through this, “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients,” was published.
The guidance in the document:
- Examines current cybersecurity threats affecting the HPH sector;
- Identifies specific weaknesses that make organizations more vulnerable to the threats; and
- Provides selected practices that cybersecurity experts rank as the most effective to mitigate the threats.
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