Published in Beckers Hospital Review on October 9, 2017 by Raz Rafaeli
Money comes and goes, but if you have your health, you have just about everything, goes the old saying.
Hackers, as it happens, feel the same way – except those feelings are directed not at your health, but at your health records. Surprisingly enough, those are valued even more highly than financial records by cyber-thieves. “On the black market, where the bad guys sell this stuff, the value of a medical record is easily 10 times more than a credit card account number,” pri-vacy expert Larry Ponemon, founder of the Ponemon Institute, told NBC News in an interview.
Indeed, of all data breach targets in the first half of 2017, the healthcare industry was number two, behind the financial industry – but healthcare experienced the biggest increase over the previous year’s percentage of total breaches, with 30.7% of all reported breaches versus 22.6% in the first half of 2016.
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