Healthcare facilities are a target for cybercriminals because of the overwhelming amount of personal information they collect on a regular basis. This data is specific to each person and health conditions cannot be changed like a credit card or phone number. When the COVID-19 virus hit the United States earlier this year, healthcare data breaches saw a steep incline. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are more vulnerable than ever as cybersecurity is not the main priority during a global pandemic.
In the first half of 2020 alone, there have been 540 data breaches. This may not sound like many until you hear the number of people affected: 163,551,023. This data was taken from The Identity Theft Resource Center, which also showed that in 2019 there were significantly more breach victims during the first six months of the year with over 493 million affected. Though the number of victims may be lower, current circumstances make any healthcare record leak worse than ever before.
Largest Data Breaches of 2020
Protecting Against Threats Both Physical and Digital
Hippajournal.com states that from April 2019 to April 2020 there were a total of 39.92 million healthcare records breached. The main causes include:
As is outlined above, healthcare facilities need to bolster both their digital and physical security when dealing with sensitive patient records. The first move is to train staff members and anyone using your internal systems in proper cybersecurity techniques. Knowing the difference between a phishing email and a legitimate message can mean secure files or a HIPAA violation.
Even if cybersecurity is at a strong level, there is a chance that a portable device is stolen either from within a hospital setting or during transportation between facilities. This is when secure data storage is needed. The SecureDrive products are hardware encrypted storage devices with FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validation and are HIPAA compliant.
The devices have parts covered in a tough epoxy coating to prevent reverse engineering. They also require access either through an onboard keypad or remote authentication via secure mobile app. These unlocking methods ensure only the proper users are accessing sensitive data. Our products even have brute force anti-hacking to wipe the drive clean after 10 consecutive failed PIN entries.
See how these drives can protect patient information both during the pandemic and in the future by calling 1-800-875-3230.