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January 2017, Vol. 5, No. 1

Cybersecurity technologies seen as remedy for healthcare data attacks

Banner Health in Arizona, 21st Century Oncology in Florida, Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic in Georgia -- the list of healthcare cyberattack victims last year seems endless. In those three facilities alone, more than 6 million patients were victimized by cyberattacks involving network servers. In 2016, the number of people affected overall by healthcare data breaches jumped 33% and hacking incidents soared 63% compared to the previous year, according to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights. For many reasons, healthcare has become a prime feeding ground for cybercriminals. 2017 expects to see cyberthieves employ even more sophisticated hacking techniques to penetrate vulnerable databases and compromise the private information of millions of susceptible patients.

Are these cyberattacks inevitable or preventable? The cover story of January's Pulse examines the many cybersecurity technologies and techniques that can help prevent, detect, respond to and recover from cyberattacks. Health IT professionals provide insight into viable cybersecurity technologies such as multifactor authentication, behavioral analytics and honeypot. In another feature, we look at the harsh realities of data breaches and ransomware attacks, including some of the most devastating healthcare cybercrimes of 2016. Also in this issue, we explore five key reasons why healthcare is so vulnerable a target for ransomware attacks.

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