Despite increased spending to prevent cyberattacks, the evidence continues to mount that hackers are on the offensive — and they have healthcare organizations in their crosshairs.
The latest scary statistics come from the 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey. 81% of healthcare executives say their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other cyberattack in the past two years. In addition, 13% say they are targeted by external hack attempts about once a day, and another 12% say they see two or more attacks each week.
But what may be even scarier is the continued vulnerability of healthcare data. Survey results show that:
- 16% of healthcare organizations cannot detect in real time if their systems are compromised.
- Only 53% of providers say they are prepared to handle a cyberattack, and smaller ones are less likely to be prepared than larger ones.
- The areas of greatest vulnerability are external attackers (65%), sharing data with third parties (48%), employee breaches and wireless computing (35%) and inadequate firewalls (27%).
Find out more about the rising risk of cyberattack — and strategies you can use to beef up your defenses.