With everything happening in the world today, have you ever wondered who is one of the biggest industries hit by spam, phishing attacks and data breaches? Healthcare.
As the second largest segment in the country’s economy, U.S. National healthcare spending is projected to grow to over $4.0 trillion in 2020, up 4% from $3.8 trillion in 2019. Because of this, healthcare endures twice as many cyber-attacks and data breaches as other verticals. Why? Because the bad guys follow the money! This is prompting healthcare organizations across the country to increase cyber security spending and pay careful attention to their networks to ensure they provide a secure email environment that protects both user and patient data.
There are a number of factors behind the higher number of attacks on Healthcare organizations than in other sectors:
- Cyber security maturity is still at an early state in healthcare
- Healthcare data tends to be richer in both volume and value than financial services or retail data
- Medical identity fraud usually takes longer to detect than other types of fraud
- The ever-increasing vulnerabilities in email communications has turned the endpoints (i.e., sender and receiver) into easy targets
Even as you read this, cyber criminals are using Coronavirus fears to attack unsuspecting victims with both spam and phishing campaigns.
What can you and your Healthcare organizations do to make yourself less vulnerable to these attacks?
For starters, beware of what you click on in email. Gold Comet strives to be the leader in secure communications for individuals and healthcare professionals who demand privacy and security for their online communications. The ever-increasing vulnerabilities in email communications has turned you into easy targets! Don’t let this happen to you. With Gold Comet, we white list your emails. This means you only get email from people who you have added to your contact list. This removes the threat of a spam or phishing email from ever reaching your inbox. The Gold Comet solution directly addresses that issue by removing them from the equation! At Gold Comet we take HIPAA compliance very seriously and we believe private means private. If you like more information come talk with us the CISO Healthcare Exchange in Boston on May 17 thru 19.
In the meantime, if you are interested in reading more about online privacy and security, visit our blog. We cover topics related to how to create a strong password to how to prevent data breaches. Or if you have any questions for our team, contact us today!
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