When it comes to health data breaches, 2014 was a milestone year. Healthcare organizations accounted for about 42 percent of all major data breaches reported this year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.
2014 began with the FBI’s Cyber Division warning industry that healthcare systems and medical devices were at risk for increased cyber intrusions “due to mandatory transition from paper to electronic health records, lax cybersecurity standards, and a higher financial payout for medical records in the black market.” However, the concerns of law enforcement that the healthcare industry was not as resilient to cyber intrusions compared to the financial and retail sectors apparently went unheeded.
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