2017 will bring sophisticated online health data attacks, experts predict

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A data company is warning that healthcare will be the most targeted sector in 2017.

Healthcare organisations of all sizes are being cautioned to make sure they have proper, up-to-date security measures and contingency plans in place to respond to a ransomware attack.

The advice comes from data company, Experian, who warned that sophisticated data attacks will emerge next year, putting health data at huge risk.

In its fourth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast , it said the healthcare sector may continue to be the focal point for hackers as medical identity theft remains lucrative and easy for cyber criminals to exploit, with electronic health records likely to be a primary target for attackers.

It also predicts that ransomware, where hackers lock a system and demand money to open it, will be the biggest issue for healthcare organisations next year.

Ann Patterson, senior vice president of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance said the consequences of a medical data breach are wide-ranging and have devastating effects across the boar.  “There is no silver bullet for cybersecurity, however, making good use of trends and analysis to keep evolving our cyber protections along with forecasted threats is vital,” she said.

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