Protecting long-term care facilities from cyberattacks and data breaches

McKnight's Long term Care News

Diane D. Reynolds
Bradford P. Meisel

Recent years and months have witnessed a catastrophic increase in cyberattacks and data breaches. According to a 2019 report by cybersecurity firm 4iQ, data breach incidents increased by 424% between 2017 and 2018.

The healthcare sector has become a primary target of cyberattacks and data breaches and cybersecurity research firm Protenus found that 285 healthcare data breaches affecting over 31 million patient records occurred between January and June of 2019, according to Jessica Davis of Healthcare IT News. Such incidents include ransomware attacks, in which malware prevents a healthcare provider from accessing its computer system unless it pays a hacker a requested amount of cryptocurrency, and data breaches in which hackers obtain patients’ personally identifiable information.

Many such incidents have disrupted and compromised patient care. In November of 2019, more than 100 nursing homes across the United States were affected by ...

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