When you think of hackers finding your private information, you probably don’t think about your personal medical records. But of the more than 300 data breaches last year, 25 percent of them were related to health care. That means nearly 750,000 medical records were exposed last year. And with more and more health records and data being transmitted and stored online — expected to hit more than 2,000 exabytes in 2020 — the need for top-notch security is even more important.
You might be surprised to learn that medical data is actually more valuable to hackers over other personal information — say, your credit card information. And because the networks that e-records are stored on are mostly open environment — meaning anyone from a doctor to an emergency responder to nurses can access them inside of a treatment center — providing the right amount of security to numerous stakeholders can be problematic. So when a hacker gains access to medical records, the results can be hugely damaging. With even just the smallest amount of code, hackers can physically change the information on a medical record, which could impact treatment plans and more.
What can be done to keep medical data in the right hands — and away of hackers’ prying eyes? For starters, encryption of medical data. Find out how security experts are keeping e-records safe and secure.