Today's healthcare organizations are at greater risk of a cyber attack than ever, in part because electronic health information is more widely available today than in the nearly 20 years since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in 1996, according to a report from IDC Health Insights.

The study, “Business Strategy: Thwarting Cyber Threats and Attacks against Healthcare Organizations,” says cyber criminals view healthcare organizations as a soft target compared with financial services and retailers because historically healthcare organizations have invested less in IT—including security technologies and services—than other industries. That makes them more vulnerable to successful cyber attacks.

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