Healthcare data breaches top the list of 2015 Cyber attacks!

According to a survey conducted by 10Fold Communications, there were around 720 data breaches in 2015 and out of those the top seven cyber attacks alone have left more than 193 million personal records open to fraud and identity theft. And of the first five, the healthcare industry has dubious honor of occupying the top three spots.

The research has specified that hackers and cyber criminals are increasingly going after targets in the medical and healthcare verticals, which store valuable patient info- which when stolen, can’t be reissued like a credit card. The top 5 list goes on as follows-

  • Anthem- In Feb ’2015, Anthem made history as the largest healthcare breach ever recorded. The initial estimates after a preliminary inquiry revealed that over 78.8 million highly sensitive patient records were breached. But by the end of 2015, it was revealed that more than 97 million records of the said healthcare service provider were said to be in the hands of the hackers.
  • Premera Blue Cross- Premera made an official announcement that its IT systems were hacked by a group of hackers in mid 2015. The probe also revealed that the IT systems hack could have taken place in May 2014 leaking out the data of over 11 million members on a gradual note. Employees of Microsoft, Starbucks, and Amazon were some of the customers affected.
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield– This breach stands out to be the third largest breach of year 2015, exposing personal data of more than 10 million members of the company related to healthcare. When a probe was conducted, it was discovered that Excellus BlueCross BlueShield IT systems were hacked in December 2013 and slowly and steadily the hackers got hold of more and more systems on the network.
  • FBI Portal Breach- In November 2015, a portal used by police and FBI to share intelligence and arrest suspects was hacked and data on arrestees stolen. While the FBI didn’t announce figures on how many people were affected, this attack is thought to be one the biggest law enforcement hacks which took place last year. In early last year, the same group of hackers hacked the email account of CIA director John Brennan.
  • Ashley Madison- The dating site was hit by a hack in summer 2015. The hacker, who identified weaknesses in password encryption, used the info to crack the bcrypt-hashed passwords. As a result, personal information – including credit card details – of over 11 million users was leaked on the dark web. The company has lost its CEO, seen its share price and whatever credibility it had plummet, and faces class actions from clients and investors.

According to another Global Business Outlook survey conducted by Grenoble Ecole De Management, Tilburg University and the Fuqua School of Business and Duke University, over 96% of businesses in UK were hit by hackers in the past year. And among the hacks over 9.1% of UK firms have not acted to protect themselves from hacking.

This clearly suggests that businesses around the world are not taking data breaches on a serious note. The reasons could be many, but the fact is that data breaches have the potential to make or break a business.

So, when the concern level is so high, why don’t you take the matter seriously? Speak to your IT team on this issue and have the best in place, to keep your data safe and secure. If you do not know on how to proceed, then DNF Corporation is here to help.

DNF will work with your enterprise data personnel to evaluate the existing encryption strategy and policies. This process will start with getting detailed asset information on your organization’s hardware and software environment, sensitive data, and current security policy management sets. In combination with your corporate objectives, DNF team will determine the business objectives for encrypting data-at-rest. From these objectives, the experienced team will derive a plan and proposal to address the policies, architecture, and scope of the project to keep your IT environment protected to the fullest.

To know more call 510.265.1122 or email to to let an expert contact you.


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