Hackers often target healthcare institutions because they hold a wealth of personal information that can be used to commit identity theft or fraud. Healthcare providers are also attractive targets because of the valuable data they store on patients, such as social security numbers, addresses, and insurance information. Additionally, many healthcare institutions use outdated or insecure software that is vulnerable to hackers.
A recent study has found that the healthcare industry is the most targeted sector for cyberattacks. In fact, 43% of all cyberattacks in 2018 were directed at healthcare organizations. The main reasons for this are the high value of healthcare data and the lack of security awareness among employees.
To protect your organization from cyberattacks, make sure you adopt strong cybersecurity.