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Most common cybersecurity threats that occur in the healthcare sector
While almost all industries and sectors are at the risk of cyber threats, the effects on these threats on certain sectors can be disastrous. One of these sectors is healthcare. A cyber attack on a healthcare system can be dangerous and life-threatening – imagine critical care patients being locked out of the system. The problem is compounded by the fact that some healthcare systems may not spend much on their cybersecurity protection, considering the fact that the data they store can be extremely sensitive and confidential. A normal hospital’s network could store millions of data records about patient health, sensitivities, treatment procedure, etc. – all of which is extremely sensitive. A 2018 national audit of healthcare preparedness observed that only 45 percent of business followed the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, a policy framework of cybersecurity guidance for private sector organizations in the United States. The problem of cyber threats to the healthcare sector has become acute that the US Department of Health & Human Services has also got involved, announcing the official opening of a Cybersecurity Coordination Center in October 2018.
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