Hackers and Healthcare in 2021

The healthcare industry has been plagued with a variety of hacking and ransomware attacks. It is expected that these attacks will continue into 2021 and healthcare entities needs to improve their cybersecurity.

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Much of the healthcare industry has realized the seriousness of cyber attacks aimed at hospitals and healthcare entities.

What can healthcare entities expect to see in 2021?

Cyber attacks will continue and will likely target the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Hospital supply chains in general are weaknesses that will need to be improved.

Contract tracing apps will also likely be a target.

As telemedicine continues to be popular, it will continue to be a target.

Further, 5G is adding more risk to healthcare. While it promises quick speed, it also presents more opportunity for attack.

Experts believe that there will be increased areas of risk in 2021, which will require hospitals to be more diligent in their cyber protections. However, many hospitals are seeing budget cuts, especially in their IT departments.

How can you protect your healthcare entity from cybercrime?

Make sure your HIPAA risk assessment is up to date and you are aware of any potential vulnerabilities in your cybersecurity.

It’s also wise to have cyber insurance.

Train your staff on how to respond to an attack and how to prevent attacks. Let them know what to watch out for and stay current on ransomware trends.

If you need help, contact your healthcare attorney to provide training and additional resources.

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