Increasing Threats in Healthcare Information Security
If you are a healthcare provider, the threat of data breach is greater than ever. According to IT In Healthcare news, medical information is worth 10 times more than credit card information on the black market. Because of this, many healthcare providers have experienced information theft by hackers who are stealing information on birth dates, policy numbers, diagnosis codes, and billing information.
“As attackers discover new methods to make money, the healthcare industry is becoming a much riper target because of the ability to sell large batches of personal data for profit,” says Dave Kennedy
This threat calls for an even bigger need for healthcare providers to protect their patients in both online and physical documents. This need does not appear to be lessening any time soon according to an annual survey by Ponemon Institute think tank on data protection, “The percentage of healthcare organizations that have reported a criminal cyber attack has risen to 40% in 2013 from 20% in 2009.”
If you are a healthcare provider in need of a security boost ensure that you are protecting all of your patients information by taking all measures necessary. Need some help with this? A BEST Shredding representative will be happy to help you make the right choice to protect this information.
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