Poor Health Record
Australia’s health sector is the worst for data breaches and according to the latest research, health professionals could do a lot more to remedy their own cyber ailments.
The research of doctors, dentists, pathologists and other health professionals found that:
* 82% of health professionals do not have a dedicated individual or group focusing on cyber security
* 79% of health organisations do not have a fully prepared and tested incident response plan in case of a cyber incident
* 91% of health providers and other organisations have never reviewed the security policies and practices of third parties with whom they share data
* and 65% of health employees have not undergone any cyber awareness training despite human error being the major cause of medical and personal records being breached
Healthcare providers are prime candidates for targeted attacks as they handle sensitive data from large swathes of the population.
As recently as last week it was disclosed a cyber-crime syndicate had hacked and scrambled the files of private Melbourne cardiology clinic after a staff member is believed to have inadvertently opened a corrupted link on a phishing email.
The attackers essentially locked access by medical staff to their files and demanded a ransom to release the data.
Apart from ransomware attacks, when protected health information is stolen cyber criminals can also steal identities as well as gain access to medical information, which can be used to sell or obtain prescriptions to be traded or sold.
Think Technology Australia has designed and installed a range of secure network solutions to suit the different requirements of medical and dental practices in Queensland and New South Wales, which have proved effective in reducing the risk of cyber-attack and data breaches.