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THE URGENT IMPORTANCE OF CYBERSECURITY IN HEALTHCARE
The leading reason why criminals steal data is to sell it for profit. Financial records, such as credit card information, fetch a higher price than medical data, yet cybercriminals put extensive time and resources into targeting healthcare. Stability may be the reason. People can cancel a credit card account quickly, but medical data endures. Health insurance information for patients and employees, for example, often includes Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, diagnoses, prescriptions and payment information. Criminals use this data to commit various forms of identity theft. Healthcare IT News reported that, in 2018, UnityPoint Health (a network of hospitals, clinics and home care services in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin) inadvertently exposed information for 1.4 million patients during a phishing attack when someone posed as an executive within UnityPoint via emails. The stolen data included all of the above items, plus driver’s license numbers. It was the second data breach for the health system that year and the biggest data breach for the health sector in 2018. DONIKA SCHNELL READ MORE