Healthcare firms hold a trove of patients’ sensitive data which if compromised can result in identity theft, taking undue advantage of services and more. The common trick used by attackers to steal this data involves sending phishing emails that include unsafe attachments.
A new study by Proofpoint reveals that there has been a 300% jump in imposter emails sent to healthcare organizations during the first quarter of 2019.
What are the other major key findings?
Other key findings included in Proofpoint’s ‘2019 Healthcare Threat report’ include:
Common malware used
Hospitals and medical centers should increasingly focus on insider threats. Often a human error is the main factor behind a successful phishing email attack. Thus, healthcare should create a culture of security within their organizations.