Health care industry ‘most susceptible’ to data breaches in 2014

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
December 27, 2013

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Keeping data safe at all times is becoming a growing problem for many organizations as the amount of digital information and platforms continues to grow. This is causing more companies to look outside their walls and invest in the IT channel to try keep this data secure. For the health care industry, this challenge is becoming more complicated than ever.

Recently, Experian released the “2014 Data Breach Industry Forecast” that examined several health care risks and trends that are factoring into this changing landscape. The outlook is not pleasant.

“The healthcare industry, by far, will be the most susceptible to publicly disclosed and widely scrutinized data breaches in 2014,” the report reads. “The sheer size of the industry makes it vulnerable.”

It goes on to say that in 2013, Americans spent $9,210 per capita on health care in 2013. On top of that, the Healthcare Insurance Exchanges (HIEs)are slated to add 7 million people into the healthcare system. This makes it clear that the industry, from local physicians to large hospital networks, needs to protect against a breach.

The report also found that health care was responsible for 46 percent of the breaches that were tracked in 2013 — a number that is expected to rise significantly in 2014.

To keep data safe, more organizations are turning toward VARs and MSPs that specialize in the health care field to provide a helping hand. VAR Staffing identifies and recruits the impactful talent needed to combat the growing digital threat.

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