Healthcare continued to be a lucrative target for hackers in 2017 with weaponized ransomware, misconfigured cloud storage buckets and phishing emails dominating the year. In 2018, these threats will continue and cybercriminals will likely get more creative despite better awareness among healthcare organizations at the executive level for the funding needed to protect themselves.
This gallery highlights some of the biggest breaches across the industry – and points to some mistakes to avoid in the future.
A laptop of a West Virginia-based Coplin Coplin Health Systems employee was stolen from a car in November and serves as a reminder to healthcare organizations to encrypt all data that physically leave the building.
Greenfield, Indiana-based Hancock Health was hit by a ransomware attack that prompted officials to shut down the entire network and providers reverted to pen and paper for recording patient visits.
An employee of Florida’s Agency of Healthcare Administration fell for a malicious phishing email, which allowed hackers to access Medicaid enrollee data, including some Social Security numbers.