The healthcare industry’s transition from paper to electronic records has introduced significant security risk from hackers around the globe, and care providers find themselves in the midst of a cybersecurity war to protect patient health information.
In 2015, more than 80% of healthcare organizations reported they had been compromised by a cyberattack in the previous two years, and only half believe they are adequately prepared for future attacks. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services documented that hackers accessed more than 110 million patient health records in 56 major cybersecurity attacks in 2015 alone.
Many of these successful breaches use social engineering techniques to obtain access to networks, applications, and information. Phishing and similar attacks, for example, leverage cleverly disguised requests for login credentials to dupe unsuspecting employees into entering their usernames and passwords, and have emerged as the top security threat facing healthcare organizations.