More healthcare providers and their patient’s information is being breached


New analysis finds more than 175 million health care records have been breached since 2010, when there were 99. In 2017, there were 344.

Besides breaches, three million in 2014 were hacked up to 115 million hacked in 2015.

More and more doctors’, patients’ and insurance companies’ medical records are being hacked every year.

[scissecurity.com]S.C.I.S. vice-president Dennis Chow said healthcare provider should, but often don't have to spend money for the latest and greatest technology to protect their patients and themselves from data breaches and being hacked.

He said companies can stop a lot of the breaches with general good IT and security hygiene.

“One, make sure you use a throwaway credit card. One that’s not tied to automatic payments. Two, have active credit monitoring, just as you would with any other data breach. And, three, if you hear provider staff talking about things out loud in front of other patients, please kindly remind them of their statutory requirements,” said Chow.

He said there's too many holes and too many integrated systems that don't have the same security standardization for healthcare providers across the board. Companies should also isolate patient's medical records from other portions of the network.

Chow said healthcare providers need to expect breaches to increase exponentially. And, patients need to realize, their personal data has most likely already been breached.

“Health supervisors should do their best and move to the latest operating systems of choice whenever possible. Just prepare to keep ongoing costs and buy insurance for themselves for data breaches, because it’s going to continue to happen,” said Chow.

Here is a timeline of 0-day exploits and attack surfaces.

The 2016 Verizon Data Breach Report includes trends and types of threat per industry covering 2005-2015.

Data breaches that affect more than 500 people have to be reported to the federal government. It’s reported that there have been more than 2,100 of them since 2010.


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