From the Summer 2014 Issue

Healthcare is a Growing Target for Cybercrime, and It’s Only Going to Get Worse

Jeff Peters
Editor | SurfWatch Labs

2014 is off to a rough start for healthcare when it comes to cybercrime.

A SANS-Norse report stated that healthcare organizations are facing an “epidemic of compromises.”1  A two-year study by Essentia Health, which operates roughly 100 facilities in the Midwest, concluded that most hospital equipment is easy to hack.2   And in April the FBI issued a warning that an increase in Internet-connected medical devices along with the influx of electronic health records (EHR) from the January 2015 transition deadline will create a rich environment for cybercriminals to exploit – all this in a sector that . . .

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