US hospitals lack new technologies and best practices to defend against threats, new report says.Major Cyberattacks On Healthcare Grew 63% In 2016

US hospitals lack new technologies and best practices to defend against threats, new report says.

Some 93 major cyberattacks hit healthcare organizations this year, up from 57 in 2015, new research shows.

TrapX Labs, a division of TrapX Security, found this 63% increase in attacks on the healthcare industry for the period between January 1, 2016 and December 12. Some may have been ongoing prior to Jan. 1, but for consistency, researchers only used official reporting dates to the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR).

Among the largest attacks were those on Banner Health (3.6M records), Newkirk Products (3.4M records), 21st Century Oncology (2.2M records), and Valley Anesthesiology Consultants (0.88M records).

Sophisticated attackers are now responsible for 31% of all major HIPAA data breaches reported this year, a 300% increase over the past three years, according to the report. Cybercriminals were responsible for 10% of all major data breaches in 2014 and 21% in 2015.

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