HIT Think: Why network protection needs to evolve to keep pace with new attacks

By Adam Stern | HealthData Management

It’s no longer news that hacking is the new normal.

There’s nothing alarmist about acknowledging that ransomware and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are becoming more acute, especially in healthcare. As ZDNet recently noted, a report from cybersecurity researchers at Kaspersky Lab revealed 2,900 new ransomware malware modifications between January and March 2016, a 14 percent jump from the fourth quarter.

As reported in Health Data Management, the fourth annual IT security study by the Ponemon Institute shows that “data breach preparedness certainly is on companies’ radar, and having a response plan in place is par for the course.” While the number of organizations with a plan increased from 61 percent in 2013 to 86 percent in 2016, some 38 percent have no set time period for reviewing and updating [their plan], and 29 percent have not reviewed or updated their plan since it was put in place.”

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