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Cybersecurity and Health Care: How Hacking is Costing Lives

Harvard Medical School
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Cybersecurity and Health Care: How Hacking is Costing Lives

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In this Harvard Medical School article you'll learn about:
  • In May 2021, Scripps Health in San Diego was brought down by a ransomware attack. Ransomware is a type of virus that locks away important data until a ransom is paid to hackers.

  • In 2020, cyberattacks on health care institutions increased by over 55%. Electronic medical records are connected within and between health systems. This interconnectedness creates multiple entry points for hackers.

  • Increased reliance on network-based technology has allowed new vulnerabilities to emerge. Human error is responsible for most data breaches, and this is usually due to poor cyber hygiene.

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