IMPORTANT REPORTS THAT APPLY TO DENTAL PRACTICES
Experian – 2017 Data Breach Industry Forecast Report
HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS WILL BE THE MOST TARGETED SECTOR WITH NEW, SOPHISTICATED ATTACKS EMERGING
Healthcare organizations of all sizes and types need to ensure they have proper, up to date security measures in place, including contingency planning for how to respond to a ransomware attack and adequate employee training about the importance of security.
In 2016, there were 181 reported healthcare breaches ranging in size from 500 to 3.6 million effected individuals. While several large breaches like Banner Health and 21st Century Oncology lost more than 5 million records combined, small breaches also had a large impact. Breaches impacting 200,000 people or less accounted for 96 percent of all healthcare related breaches and impacted 1,400,872 individuals.
Ann Patterson, senior vice president, Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA), said: “The consequences of a medical data breach are wide-ranging, with devastating effects across the board – from the breached entity to consumers who may experience medical ID fraud to the healthcare industry as a whole. There is no silver bullet for cybersecurity, however, making good use of trends and analysis to keep evolving our cyber protections along with forecasted threats is vital.”