Cybersecurity for the Healthcare Industry | Vumetric

Cybersecurity for
the Healthcare Industry and Social Services

Protect your critical data • Secure your medical equipment
Protect the sensitive data of your staff, your patients and your providers and secure your medical equipment from disruptive cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity Solutions for Healthcare and Social Services

As patient care systems become increasingly dependent on internal networks to function, cyber attacks in the healthcare industry are progressively becoming more widespread. Modern hackers seek to disrupt operations by gaining access to your vulnerable systems connected to the internet which allows them to infect other internal systems that are crucial for patient care. These attackers will attempt to compromise any confidential information and infect networks with damaging attacks such as ransomware in order to completely lock the use of any systems on the network, allowing them to demand a sum to be paid for the systems/data to be unlocked. To make matters worse, healthcare providers are often stuck with legacy systems which have been integrated alongside new technologies, providing a greater risk of being affected by a cyber attack which spreads across other vulnerable systems.

The risks, however, extend beyond the safety of patients. While technological innovations are allowing medical practitioners to access medical records efficiently from any devices, the risks for the patient’s personal data to be compromised has increased significantly.

Cybersecurity Statistics in the Healthcare Industry

Prevent Ransomware statistics
Between 2017 and 2021, ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations are forecast to increase by 5 times

Reference: Cybersecurity Ventures

Phishing Statistics
For every seven phishing emails, one is opened by hospital employees

Reference: The SSL Store

Cybersecurity data statistics
Financial services had 352,771 exposed sensitive files on average while Healthcare, Pharma and Biotech have 113,491 files on average the highest when comparing industries

Reference: Varonis

Healthcare Cybersecurity Statistics
Over 75% of the healthcare industry has been infected by malware last year

Reference: Security Scorecard

Healthcare Cybersecurity Statistics
Healthcare had the highest data breach costs at $429 per record

Reference: IBM

Healthcare Cybersecurity
Out of 18 US industries, healthcare ranks as the 15th lowest performing in terms of endpoint security

Reference: The SSL Store

Healthcare Cybersecurity
On average, healthcare will experience around 2 to 3 times more cyberattacks in 2019 more versus other industries

Reference: Cybersecurity Ventures

Cybersecurity Ransomware Statistics
The industry with the highest number of attacks by ransomware is the healthcare industry. Attacks will quadruple by 2020

Reference: CSO Online

Healthcare Cybersecurity Statistics
The global healthcare is the most vulnerable industry to cybercrime in 2019

Reference: Crowe

Healthcare cybersecurity statistics
The estimated losses related to cybersecurity in 2019 for the healthcare industry are $25 billion

Reference: SafeAtLast

Healthcare Cybersecurity Statistics
From 2017 to 2021, the healthcare industry will spend over $65 billion cumulatively on cybersecurity products and services

Reference: Cybersecurity Ventures

Healthcare Cybersecurity
Stolen patient health records can command over $60 per record

Reference: CNBC

Healthcare Cybersecurity Statistics
Personal health information is 50 times more expensive on the dark web versus personal information

Reference: CNBC

Data Statistics
41% of companies have over 1,000 sensitive files including credit card numbers and health records left unprotected

Reference: Varonis

Questions to assess your cybersecurity

  • Is your sensitive data accessible from external systems ?
  • How often do you evaluate the safety of your equipments ?
  • Do you have mechanisms to prevent disruptive attacks ?
  • How often do you make backup copies ?
  • Do you have an incident response procedure ?
  • Securing medical equipment from interruptions.
  • Integrating new technologies into existing systems.
  • Maintaining data availability for practitioners
  • Securing confidential patient information.
  • Educate employees about cybersecurity risks.

Cybersecurity challenges faced by the healthcare industry

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