January 7, 2016
Despite healthcare organisations’ best attempts at maintaining patient confidentiality, the industry regularly accounts for a staggering number of data breaches. According to the latest Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) report, more than 120 million patient records were compromised in 2015 due to healthcare incidents alone.
Critics are quick to attribute these breaches to granular issues such as legacy infrastructure or poor identity access management. However, bigger picture problems include underinvestment in critical systems, conflation of compliance and security concerns, and an overreliance on internal expertise, that have left many firms without the means to accurately assess and defend against cyber attacks.