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Healthcare industry sees rise in cyber attacks, says study

The healthcare industry has seen 340 per cent more security incidents and attacks than the average industry and is more likely to be impacted by data theft, according to research by Raytheon|Websense.

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The 2015 Healthcare Drill-Down Report examining the current state of cyber threats and data-stealing attacks against an increasingly digital healthcare industry.

Carl Leonard, principal security analyst at Raytheon|Websense, says: “The rapid digitisation of the healthcare industry, when combined with the value of the data at hand, has led to a massive increase in the number of targeted attacks against the sector.

“While the finance and retail sectors have long honed their cyber defences, our research illustrates that healthcare organisations must quickly advance their security posture to meet the challenges inherent in the digital economy – before it becomes the primary source of stolen personal information.”

The research found that medical information is 10 times more valuable on the black market, making healthcare a major target for cybercriminals.

One in every 600 attacks in the healthcare industry involved advanced malware, with the sector being 4 times more likely to be impacted by this type of attack than any other industry.

The healthcare sector was also 74 per cent more likely to be impacted by phishing schemes and was 4.5 times more likely to be impacted by Cryptowall and 3 times more likely to be impacted by Dyre.

Cryptowall and Dyre were first used to target the financial sector and led to the stealing of hundreds of millions of dollars.


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