The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations in 2016

Healthcare organizations are in the cross hairs of cyber attackers as evidenced in the 2016 State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations Study sponsored by ESET. On average, healthcare organizations represented in this research have had almost one cyber attack per month over the past 12 months. Almost half (48 percent) of respondents say their organizations have experienced an incident involving the loss or exposure of patient information during this same period, but 26 percent of respondents are unsure.


Windows 10 represents a sea change for Microsoft: the realization of its Windows as a Service (WaaS) strategy initiated by its predecessor, Windows 8. With WaaS, Microsoft is able to update its Windows operating system with additional features and functionality throughout its life, instead of only at service point releases or new versions. In the past, new features and functionality have had to wait for one of these events. With Windows 10, these will now appear at various operating system “point” releases, which will occur two to three times a year, according to Microsoft.

Ransomware is malware that can lock a device or encrypt its contents in order to extort money from the owner in return for restoring access to those resources. This kind of malware can also have a built-in timer with a payment deadline that must be met, otherwise the price for unlocking the data and hardware will grow – or the information and the device will ultimately be rendered permanently inaccessible.

Organization have to take this topic seriously.  CEOs need to be aware and bring it as part of their topic of discussion, budget and plan accordingly.

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