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7 Email Security Strategies to Keep Patient Data Safe from Evolving Cyberattacks


Brian Eastwood

The number of data breaches reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hit an all-time high in 2021, with 679 incidents reported according to Critical Insight’s “2021 Healthcare Data Breach Report.” These breaches affected 45 million Americans, which was also an all-time high.

It’s no secret that medical records are valuable to cyberattackers. As Advisory Board points out, the combination of a patient’s name, address, financial information and social security number is enough to take out a loan or set up a line of credit. That’s far more than an attacker can do with an SSN or credit card number alone.

Research from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society found that phishing and ransomware are the most significant security threats for healthcare organizations.

Email-based cyberattacks have...

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