Of all industries that have the most to lose from a cyberattack, healthcare facilities are near the very top of the list. When you consider the importance of HIPAA compliances that they follow to keep sensitive data and patient information secure and how detrimental a hack into their systems would be, the implications of a cyberattack are frightening.
According to the Ponemon Institute, in 2016 88% of all ransomware attacks in the United States targeted the healthcare industry. Just last year, six of the top ten HIPAA breaches reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stemmed from ransomware.
In these cases, cybercriminals hold important data for ransom until the healthcare organization complies with their monetary demands. In the meantime, these devious hackers can discreetly steal valuable data and delete potential backups and servers along the way. It’s, unfortunately, more common than most realize. Here are just a couple significant healthcare ransomware breaches that transpired in 2017: