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Survey: 38% of hackers said they could find the healthcare data they sought in less than an hour
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Survey: 38% of hackers said they could find the healthcare data they sought in less than an hour

by EditorApril 12, 2018

How to find out if your healthcare date is safe

 

While many cybersecurity reports examine the issue from the perspective of IT experts. But a new survey from software company Nuix looked at it from another view: that of the hacker.

And the results are pretty terrifying: 38 percent of surveyed hackers said they could find the healthcare data they sought in less than one hour.

The respondents also saw hospitals and healthcare providers as particularly soft targets. The sports and entertainment, retail and hospitality industries also seem to be easy prey.

A total of 112 hackers participated in the survey. Respondents completed a survey anonymously online using Survey Monkey or in person during the Black Hat, Bsides Vegas and DEFCON hacker conferences. Individuals who wanted to retain complete anonymity could fill out a paper survey and turn it in at a Nuix event.

Pogue said he wasn’t surprised at the healthcare-related results.

For one, numerous hospitals have weak security. Plus, the general mindset of the industry, he said, is to help people — not focus on cybersecurity.

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