Warning from FBI: Healthcare Sector Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) distributed a private notice to healthcare providers warning them that they’re more vulnerable than ever to cyber attacks. In comparison to other sectors, the cybersecurity systems of healthcare providers are lax, putting Americans’ personal medical records and health insurance data at risk.
"The healthcare industry is not as resilient to cyber intrusions compared to the financial and retail sectors, therefore the possibility of increased cyber intrusions is likely," the FBI said in the private notice, obtained by Reuters.
Many people believe credit card numbers are far more valuable on the black market than health data. Wrong. Health data is much more valuable due to the details it includes that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions for controlled substance. Demand for this information is also high because it takes victims longer to realize the information has been stolen.
It may be hard to wrap your head around, but cyber criminals were paid a mere $1 to $2 for each U.S. credit card number prior to the Target breach, compared to $20 for health insurance credentials.
Several privately commissioned reports have urged health care systems to step up and boost security over the past few years. Experts applaud the FBI for recognizing this severe threat and issuing its own warning.
At Assurance, we’re experts at cyber risk management. To learn how you can protect your healthcare facility from a cyber attack, contact an Assurance representative today, before it’s too late.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR