Healthcare’s Email Problem: Insider Threats, Data Retention, Phishing

Health IT Security

Reports consistently highlight the risk of vulnerability exploits and ransomware to healthcare. But email is often the key access point in these attacks, through phishing and stolen credentials. As insiders remain a leading threat, it’s paramount for providers to better understand the email problem, as well as the best ways to improve training and reduce the risk of compromised data.

Security incidents reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and previous Mimecast-HIMSS Media data show healthcare’s email defenses lag behind other industries. In 2019 alone, 72 percent of providers reported experiencing an email-based cyberattack.

In fact, the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report consistently names insiders as the largest threat to healthcare.

Of HHS’ ongoing breach investigations, at least 40 percent are...

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