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Cyber Security In Healthcare

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What are the challenges with Cyber Security and Health Care?
The healthcare sector is susceptible to cyber-attacks due to the limited spending on
cybersecurity. The industry has been sluggish when it comes to cybersecurity spending
compared to other sectors. According to Garrity (2019), despite the healthcare sector being the
custodian of sensitive records such as Social Security Numbers (SSNs), credit card numbers
(CCNs), health insurance data, and personal health data, it spent only 5% of its IT budget on
security. It falls behind the banking and finance sector that spent 7.3% and the wholesale and
retail services that spent 6.1% of their IT budgets on security. Between March 2018 and March
2019, 82% of senior security officers reported considerable malicious security incidents. Limited
spending means attackers have a leeway to continue stealing and selling patient data in the black
market.
Medical records are on a lofty demand on the dark web. The increased demand for
patient data has catalysed cybercrime in the healthcare sector. According to the FBI Cyber
Division. (2014), electronic health records (EHR) are high-priced bijou than financial
information because they are challenging to uncover. EHRs can vend for at least $50 in the dark
web compared to a $1 for SSNs or CCNs. EHRs contain patient names, their date of birth,
insurance numbers, prognosis codes, and financial data. Scammers can use the data for identity
theft or create fake identification cards to purchase specific medications for reselling. Some
cybercriminals can even use the data to file claims from health insurance firms.
The security of devices brought in by hospital staff is skimpy. The Bring Your Own
Device (BYOD) policy is an effectual cost-cutting strategy employed by some hospitals but

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1 Cyber Security in Healthcare Name of Student Department, University Course Name Professor’s Name Date 2 Cyber Security in Healthcare What are the challenges with Cyber Security and Health Care? The healthcare sector is susceptible to cyber-attacks due to the limited spending on cybersecurity. The industry has been sluggish when it comes to cybersecurity spending compared to other sectors. According to Garrity (2019), despite the healthcare sector being the custodian of sensitive records such as Social Security Numbers (SSNs), credit card numbers (CCNs), health insurance data, and personal health data, it spent only 5% of its IT budget on security. It falls behind the banking and finance sector that spent 7.3% and the wholesale and retail services that spent 6.1% of their IT budgets on security. Between March 2018 and March 2019, 82% of senior security officers reported considerable malicious security incidents. Limited spending means attackers have a leeway to continue stealing and selling patient data in the black market. Medical records are on a lofty demand on the dark web. The increased demand for patient data has catalysed cybercrime in the healthcare sector. According to the FBI Cyber Division. (2014), electronic health records (EHR) are high-priced bijou than financial information because they are challenging to uncover. EHRs can vend for at least $50 in the dark web compared to a $1 for SSNs or CCNs. EHRs contain patient names, their date of birth, insura ...
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