A year after WannaCry, healthcare organizations face mounting cyberthreats

June 22, 2018 Mayuri Kumar

A year after hackers unleashed the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware, taking down healthcare organizations and other companies around the world, the healthcare industry still struggles to keep its systems secure. In the first six months of 2018, there were 154 breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights, up 13% compared to the same period in 2017. There were 50 "hacking/IT" incidents specifically during that period in 2018, just two more than there were during the first six months of 2017."There's definitely more healthcare-related breaches," said Bob Olsen, Navigant's director of cybersecurity. "The challenge is there are new vulnerabilities being discovered every day. It's a bit of a moving target."But there could be multiple factors behind those increases, cautioned John Riggi.

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