Healthcare organizations’ cybersecurity becoming more fragile amid pandemic: 7 key stats

Becker's Hospital Review

Katie Adams

About a third of healthcare organizations experienced a ransomware attack during the pandemic’s early months, according to software company Netwrix’s “2020 Cyber Threats Report.”

Netwrix surveyed 937 IT professionals in June to gain insights about how the pandemic and its resulting shift to work-from-home models changed healthcare’s IT risk environment.

Seven key findings from the report:

1. Thirty-two percent of respondents said their organization experienced a ransomware attack during the pandemic’s first few months (before the survey was conducted).

2. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said their healthcare organization experienced a phishing incident, and 39 percent said they experienced an IT staff error. Thirty-seven percent reported there was an improper data sharing incident at their organization.

3. Twenty-six percent of respondents reported data...

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