Bad actors and hackers love to exploit weaknesses—and nowhere is this more evident than in the healthcare sector, which has been the victim of numerous attacks as of late. In fact, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a large coronavirus testing facility in the Czech Republic have all been successfully attacked recently—and the situation is likely to grow more dire.

That should alarm anyone handling healthcare cybersecurity because while there’s never a good time for an attack, there’s never been a worse time than the present. With clinics and hospitals facing an all-hands-on-deck scenario where resources are stretched incredibly thin, adding IT issues to the mix could make it much harder or even impossible to deliver care. For patients, providers, and administrators alike, cyberattacks put the whole system in jeopardy.

Acknowledging the size of the risk is the first priority. Breaking down the most likely attacks is the second. According to our own research, nearly a quarter of consumers believe their healthcare provider lacks adequate security against web browser attacks and phishing schemes. Unfortunately, they’re right – and hackers know it too.

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