COVID-19 and health care cybersecurity: How to protect practices and patient data

Medical Economics

Brian Bobo

The first half of 2020 saw a nearly 50% increase in health care cyber breaches

The health care sector has long been a target of cybercriminals. But most recently, as all eyes focused on the coronavirus pandemic spanning the globe, other insidious threats were lying in wait to take advantage of the overwhelmed health care system. These threats were of the cybersecurity variety, targeting the technologies so heavily relied upon by health care systems and providers.

In just the first half of 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services saw a nearly 50% increase in the number of health care-related cybersecurity breaches, with 132 reported incidents that targeted network servers, desktop and laptop...

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