You may not have noticed because of the amount of times the news talks about breaches in the retail sector, but the healthcare industry has recently become a favourite target for cyber criminals.
Three major breaches have already occurred in the sector this year exposing the data of over 93 million customers. The largest of these breaches happened to health insurer Anthem with BlueCross BlueShield also contributing to the damage.
Hackers have been preying on the weak control systems of unsuspecting companies in the healthcare industries. Because these companies typically don’t hold customer banking information, they don’t expect to be the target of a major cyber criminal attack. However, their propensity to carry social security numbers, income data and much more makes them very attractive targets for these sophisticated hackers.
The breaches this year are yet another example of the level of care that companies who store customer data need to take in order to protect themselves. Breaches in the healthcare industry are occurring regularly and without the expertise and assistance of Caerleon, these firms leave themselves wide open to a variety of risks including regulatory fines, lawsuits and damages to company reputation.