Since the rise of digital health in every form, cyber security has become a big issue for the health industry. In fact, the health care sector is among the most affected industries.

The health care industry is being targeted by cyberthreats at an increasingly alarming rate. Once outpaced significantly in terms of breaches and malicious attacks by other sectors such as financial and retail, health care is no longer on the sidelines.

The healthcare sector may continue to be the focal point for hackers as medical identity theft remains lucrative and easy for cyber criminals to exploit. Personal medical information remains one of the most valuable types of data for attackers to steal, and cyber criminals will continue to find a market for reselling this type of sensitive information on the dark web.

According to the Ponemon Institute’s “2015 Cost of Data Breach Study,” health and pharmaceutical companies experience higher customer churn following a data breach over other industries in similar predicaments.

One of the major challenges that health care faces is being able to address cyber risk in order to direct information technology investment and resources, especially as organizations address security of the data and technologies. Health care organizations are feeling this more acutely than most sectors due to the sensitivity, volume and velocity of the data in transit and traveling through their networks.

Cybercriminals see this as a rich environment for stealing data. The ability of attackers to do harm that is of immediate consequence, physically or financially, speaks volumes of the need for the health care industry to address issues and focus investments quickly.

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