Healthcare organizations feel under increasing attack from the Internet, while security incidents involving insiders and disappearing laptops with sensitive data are piling up. On top of that, there’s now the prospect of a surprise audit from the federal government agency in charge of overseeing the HIPAA security and privacy rules.
Healthcare organizations are stepping up efforts to protect electronic patient information as they witness increased attacks against hospital networks, mindful how a data breach could hurt patients and their own reputations.
… SecureWorks has recorded an 85% increase in the number of attempted attacks directed toward its healthcare clientele by Internet hackers, with these attempts jumping from 11,146 per healthcare client per day in the first half of 2007 to an average of 20,630 per day in the last half of last year through January of this year.
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