Posted on Monday May 06, 2019The healthcare industry is shifting their data to cloud services to serve their patients better and improve accessibility. This puts personal health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) at risk of getting stolen by hackers. Healthcare security experts believe that data breaches aimed at medical facilities are becoming more frequent because of the high demand for PHI and PII in the black market.
From financial information to medical information
In the past few years, cybercriminals have focused on stealing financial data, including credit card numbers and personal information. But things are taking a turn, the result of financial institutions fortifying their database and raising client awareness of the problem.
Stronger data protection measures in the financial industry have forced criminals to turn their attention to medical data, which is typically much less secure. Patient data includes date of birth, medical and physical records, and social security number - information that can't be easily reset, and is significantly more valuable than credit card data.
Securing healthcare data
Healthcare data has become more attractive to criminals, and it's crucial that medical institutions take necessary precautions to secure their patients' information from data thieves. Here are some best practices to secure healthcare data.