More Than Half of Healthcare Organizations Suffered Cyberattack Last Year

More Than Half of Healthcare Organizations Suffered Cyberattack Last Year

Keeper Security today released the findings of its 2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses. Conducted by the Ponemon Institute, this study surveyed 2,391 IT and IT security practitioners from around the world. From the gathered evidence, researchers determined that 53 percent of healthcare organizations globally experienced a cyberattack within the past year. 

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Keeper Security offers a cybersecurity platform for preventing password-related data breaches and cyberthreats. It offers capabilities including multifactor authentication, deep-level encryption, and a secure cloud vault. The Keeper Security Business Password Management Solution works to mitigate the risk of data breaches, bolster password security and privacy, and strengthen compliance standards including HIPAA and GDPR. Additionally, it provides a password generator and private vaults for each employee. 

The Ponemon Institute, commissioned by Keeper, also found that two out of three healthcare organizations suffered a cyberattack in their lifetimes. Additionally, the study found that healthcare organization cyberattacks resulted in an average of 7,202 patient and employee records and a cost of $1.8 million from the disruption. Further, only one-third of healthcare organizations believe they have a sufficient budget to support strong IT security. Worse, 90 percent of healthcare organizations dedicate less than 20 percent of their IT budget to cybersecurity. 

Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-Founder of Keeper Security, offered his thoughts.”Electronic health records are some of the most lucrative documents on the dark web, so it’s not surprising that the healthcare industry is highly-targeted by cybercriminals.” 

“While the majority of healthcare organizations have already experienced a cyberattack, this research shows the industry still doesn’t have the necessary resources and budget allocated to preventing and responding to major data breaches. Patients depend on providers to protect their sensitive health information and moreover, their lives via connected medical devices. Therefore, it’s critical that cybersecurity becomes a top priority in healthcare.” 

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Ben Canner

Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.
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