A recent study has found that the healthcare industry is 340% more likely to be targeted by hackers than other sectors. The reason for this seems simply to be both the range and sensitivity of the information that may be kept about individuals in a healthcare context; information on health conditions, financial details and a full personal profile including names and dates of birth are attractive and valuable to hackers.
Cyber security experts found that the type and range of attacks were significantly higher in this sector with advanced malware a popular weapon of choice, specifically using a technique called “dropper files” which allow cyber criminals to install malware and then reside on the host’s system unseen. In fact, 83% of attacks come from infected files.
Given the type of information they deal with, this problem isn’t likely to disappear for the healthcare sector. The report suggests that the costs involved in better staff training and heavy investment in robust IT infrastructure will far outweigh the costs of a breach.