There are a number of common healthcare security threats to be aware of. For example, Wi4 Corporation recently identified the following top four healthcare security threats:
1. Ransomware – A type of malware that locks users out of their devices or applications until a ransom is paid.
2. Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) – Attacks by sophisticated hackers who exploit vulnerabilities to gain access to systems and remain undetected for long periods of time.
3. Data Breaches – The unauthorized access, theft, or exposure of sensitive patient data, such as social security numbers or credit card information.
4. Unsecured Devices – Laptops, tablets, and smartphones that are lost or stolen and are not locked.