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Increase in cyberattacks means more security is needed in healthcare field

Patient confidentiality is extremely important in the healthcare industry. Unfortunately, cyber-attackers threaten the ability to protect a patient’s information. Protecting private health-related information is an ongoing effort involving careful user practice and stronger software security.

According to the BBC, in 2016, 55 National Health Service hospital trusts in England reported cyberattack problems. This is a sharp increase from 16 attacks from the year before.

Ransomware, a type of cyberattack, is part of the rise in attacks. Ransomware is software which locks computer systems, then demands a ransom for the data to be unlocked. As more information is being stored electronically, digital records are at greater risk.

With ransomware becoming more prevalent, it’s critical for companies to create backups of all data. By creating back-up files, a company holds the power instead of being held hostage. There’s no need to pay the cyber-attackers if the locked data can be accessed elsewhere.

The best solution to fighting off cyberattacks is to have a plan of action in place. Set up preventative measures, such as data encryption and employee training. Being proactive can help any company avoid falling victim to cyberattacks, but it is especially important in the sensitive healthcare field.

Across Borders Management Consulting Group has experience in the healthcare field, including with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and research institutions. We are able to customize solutions to support infrastructure integration, member interactions, claims management and more—all while ensuring the tightest security. Reach out today to see what we can do for you.

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