Cybercriminals are 'already taking advantage' of the COVID-19 crisis

Healthcare IT News

Kat Jercich

Phishing is still the number one cause of breaches, according to the newly released BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, with ransomware on the rise. The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated an increase in information collection and sharing among providers, patients, hospitals, vendors and other organizations. In turn, that has heralded an uptick in "malicious cyber campaigns" that attack healthcare facilities, according to U.S. and U.K. law enforcement agencies.

But security concerns in the industry are nothing new - and the coronavirus crisis will likely exacerbate existing issues.

According to the BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report released last week, phishing was the most common cause of data breaches among incidents that the data privacy and cybersecurity law firm had managed in 2019. Nearly one-quarter of those incidents occurred in the healthcare industry, including...

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