Severe Impact of ‘Ransomware’;106 Million Medical Data Breach Revealed in 14 Months

A major report stated that owing to the cybersecurity incidents, 106 million healthcare records have been revealed over the last 14 months.

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Severe Impact of 'Ransomware';106 Million Medical Data Breach Revealed in 14 Months THE POLICY TIMES

The Tenable’s Security Response Team did an analysis in which 237 breaches have been exposed in the year 2020. The terrible incidents continued in the year 2021, in which 56 breaches are already revealed by the end of February 2021. The analysis even said that maximum record was leaked from the database of organizations that are operating in the healthcare sector.

Is Breaches a ‘Thing of Terror’?

For every leadership team, breaches have become a common ‘Thing of Terror’. The researchers estimated that ransomware is the leading root cause of healthcare breaches which accounts for 54.95 % of attacks. With over 8.64% ransomware breaches, RYUK is at the top of the ransomware list. With over 6.17% data breaches, Maze is second on the list. Then Conti and REvil/Sondinokibi follow the list with 3.7% and 3.09% breaches. Apart from the file-encrypting malware, other incidents like email phishing/compromise, insider threat, and unsecured databases also resulted in breaches.

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Is Covid a Warning For Cyber Security?

Due to the tensions between India and China, India is now prey to an enormous amount of cyberattacks. According to the statistics, more than 40,000 cyber attacks were attempted in India in the last year. Rody Quinlan, Security Response Manager of Tenable said, “As the pandemic continues to place unprecedented strain on global healthcare infrastructure, attackers are finding what was already an attractive target even more enticing. Technology dependent services such as telehealth, and a rush to develop and distribute vaccines have greatly expanded the attack surface”.

TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations

  • The firms can use a Vulnerability and Compliance management tool which will help the security team to clearly understand the security vulnerability risks of the environment.
  • The firms need to identify their security flaws that will help in mitigating the risks related to the security breaches. Even to cut down the risks which are related to cyber threats, the respective companies need to resource their tools.
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