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Healthcare Industry Struggles With Malware Problems


Three-quarters of healthcare industry infected with malware

A recent report from SecurityScorecard revealed that malware infected 77 percent of the healthcare industry in the last year.

SecurityScorecard’s 2016 Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Research Report analyzed the state of cybersecurity in the healthcare industry. Since August 1st 2015, malware infections hit more than three-fourths of all organizations in the industry.

This hefty percentage placed healthcare ninth of all industries studied.

Medical treatment centers struggle the most

Medical treatment centers had the most problems when it came to malware. Treatment centers accounted for more than 95 percent of all malware in the industry. Additionally, the healthcare manufacturing sector struggle more than most, as well. This sector had an 88 percent infection rate.

The IoT to blame

Internet of Things (IoT) technology — various Internet-connected devices and gadgets — is likely to blame for the large amount of malware infecting the industry.

IoT devices are often vulnerable to common attack methods due to inherent insecurity. Recently, cyber experts blamed to IoT for the massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that swept over a large part of the U.S. in October.

According to SecurityScorecard, a large portion of infections came directly from IoT insecurity. However, the reported noted that IoT security can be immediately increased when connected devices no longer have their default security settings in place.