Healthcare organizations not prepared for increasing number of cyberattacks

A recent report has revealed that health organizations are not prepared to prevent cybercriminals that continue to attack them.

According to the 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey, 81 percent of healthcare executives say that in the past two years, their organizations have been hit by at elates one malware, botnet, or other form of cyberattack.

The report surveyed 223 chief information officers, chief technology officers, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at health care providers. It was revealed that 16 percent of the health organizations do not have a way to detect in real-time if they are being attacked.

The Whir reported that because there is a rise in cyberattacks by these organizations, there is a growing interest from venture capital firms to invest; to help in protecting data through managed infrastructure.

KPMG said in a press release that the numbers are increasing: 13 percent are saying that they are targeted by external hack attempts about once a day, and another 12 percent get about two or more attacks per week.

A May 2015 report said that a rise in cyber attacks against doctors and hospital is costing the health care system $6 billion in the United States alone. The number of attacks against health care providers have more than doubled in the past five years.

Michael Ebert, leader in KPMG’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Cyber Practice said in a statement: “The vulnerability of patient data at the nation’s health plans and approximately 5,000 hospitals is on the rise and health care executives are struggling to safeguard patient records,” said

“Patient records are far more valuable than credit card information for people who plan to commit fraud, since the personal information cannot be easily changed. A key goal for execs is to advance their institutions’ protection to create hurdles for hackers.” he added.

The KPMG survey says that the areas in the organization that are most vulnerable include external hackers (65%), sharing data with third parties (48 %), employee breaches (35%), wireless computing (35%), and inadequate firewalls (27%).

“There are no cookie cutter approaches to security,” said Greg Bell, lead of KPMG’s Cyber Practice. “There are no cookie cutter approaches to security,” offers Bell.  “An organization with a mobile workforce may have a far different technology need from an organization that processes healthcare claims, for example.”