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Healthcare Cybersecurity Trends


Healthcare organizations were under attack in 2019. So this year, an elevated state of alert will be the new normal. Here are five cybersecurity trends in health care to watch for in 2020.

Connected Devices Will be Targeted by Ransomware

Endpoint security and hygiene will be more important than ever. Healthcare organizations were the main target for ransomware attacks in 2019 because they rely on sensitive patient records to deliver care. This data is provided by patients through their connected devices, making those devices a prime target for attacks.

Insider Education Will Minimize Threats

Health care is the only industry where both unintentional and malicious acts by employees cause the majority of threats. Without the right analytics tools, it’s impossible to distinguish between well-intentioned employees and outsiders with ulterior motives. This year will see an expansion in approaches to limit attacks. These will include employees’ education and software tools to manage identity and access.

Healthcare Investments in Cybersecurity Will Rise

Spending on cybersecurity by providers is growing at a fast rate, with significant growth in cloud solutions. This spending also includes hiring cybersecurity staff to manage threats and changes in regulatory environments.

The Machine Learning Arms Race Will Heat up

Health care is a very lucrative target for cyber criminals, and their use of open-source tools means they’re getting more sophisticated for security experts to fight against. They need their own cybersecurity tools to be able to monitor and understand user behavior and identify inappropriate actions much faster.

Patients Will Change Providers Following Data Breaches

Data is being compromised across the economy, and customers are increasingly sensitive to breaches of their health data. Several patients may change providers after a breach. Organizations will pay extra attention to customer engagement and retention.

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