Alarming Statistics on Ransomware in the Healthcare Industry

December 15, 2021

Ponemon Research Report Findings

Healthcare data with PII (Personal Identifiable Information) is highly prized on the Dark Web and has caused the healthcare sector to come under relentless cybersecurity attacks. The Ponemon Research Report evaluated the impact of ransomware on 597 healthcare organizations during COVID-19 and the results have been scary.

69% of respondents stated that a successful breach led to a longer stay for patients. Apart from that, the same percentage of respondents revealed that attacks caused the hospital to delay medical procedures, adversely affecting patient outcomes. Not surprisingly, 65% of participants shared that the attack led patients to transfer to another facility, causing a loss in business as well. More than 35% of organizations surveyed stated that a ransomware attack increased complications in medical procedures, and a fifth of respondents stated that the hospital witnessed an increase in patient mortality on account of the attack.

Web Application Security for Pharma and Healthcare Report 2021 Findings

When it comes to healthcare apps, the Web Application Security for Pharma and Healthcare Report 2021 reveals interesting findings. Key among them is that 85% of the top 20 apps used in pharma and healthcare are critically exposed, being an easy target for breaches. Out of the 6069 web apps used by U.S. healthcare organizations, 24% run on vulnerable components. Also, U.S. healthcare organizations have a larger attack surface area, with an average risk exposure score of 41%, versus 33% in the EU.

In Conclusion

When it comes to healthcare, authorities must address security vulnerabilities and build a plan to address and patch their digital assets. With hackers relentlessly targeting hospitals, it is not just medical records that are at risk, but patient lives, too. What’s more? organizations may also need to face lawsuits as a result of ransomware, for failing to put sufficient processes in place.

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You may also like to read our blog post on healthcare statistics in 2020 and the largest data breaches in 2020 to compare where we stand today.

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