As healthcare data breaches are on the rise this year, a CynergisTek report revealed that just 44% of healthcare institutions follow NIST cybersecurity standards. The report comes as a letdown since only one security category out of hundreds improved. Covid-19 has led to major changes in the healthcare industry but these advances in technology have caused more data privacy and attack surface issues. The low rate of conformance to NIST standard is even more concerning now as the pandemic has been the root cause of increased attacks this year.

Some main areas of concern in the report include: business email compromise (BEC) schemes, phishing, and system consolidation. Both phishing and BEC attacks have targeted medical supply chain professionals who manage person protective equipment (PPE) production. In addition, security breaches have spiked in organizations who are merging their systems and expanding. The expansion of hospital networks has led to some gaps in the network security coverage. Some proposed solutions from researchers include prioritizing security measures when merging with an organization, identifying major pain points within a security system, and investing in the solutions to ensure security.

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