COVID-19, Ransomware, Breaches Led 2020 Health IT Security Trends

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

In terms of healthcare cybersecurity and overall data breaches, data from 2021 will likely show a year of massive cybercriminal activity and a spike in reported events during the second half of the year. Overall, the leading healthcare cybersecurity trends were dominated by the changing landscape brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indeed, reports during the first half of the year showed that reported ransomware incidents significantly declined from the huge wave of attacks that ended 2019.

However, security researchers and even federal agencies stressed that malicious activities were maintained despite fewer reports and that providers and other organizations needed to remain on guard against the likely resurgence of attacks in the second half of 2020.

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