SecurityScorecard Names Telehealth Biggest Healthcare Threat in New Report
NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- SecurityScorecard, the global leader in security ratings, and DarkOwl LLC, a leading dark web research company, today jointly released the "Listening to Patient Data Security: Healthcare Industry and Telehealth Cybersecurity Risks Report". The research found that while COVID-19 has proven the healthcare industry's overall resilience, it has also increased its cybersecurity risk with new and emerging threats. The rapid adoption and onboarding of telehealth vendors led to a significantly increased digital footprint and attack surface, leaving both provider and patient data at risk.
According to a brief from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at the height of the pandemic, the number of telehealth primary care visits increased 350-fold from pre-pandemic levels. SecurityScorecard and DarkOwl focused the 2020 healthcare report on reviewing the 148 most-used telehealth vendors according to Becker's Hospital Review. The report indicates that telehealth providers have experienced a nearly exponential increase in targeted attacks as popularity skyrocketed, including a 30% increase of cybersecurity findings per domain, notably:
Over the past four years, SecurityScorecard has reported on the cybersecurity struggles the healthcare industry faces. In this year's report, SecurityScorecard and DarkOwl looked at over one million organizations -- over 30,000 in healthcare alone -- from September 2019 to April 2020 and analyzed terabytes of information to assess risk across 10 factors.
The healthcare industry, despite new risks from telehealth vendors, slightly improved its security posture compared to 2019. The industry moved to 9th place out of 18 reviewed industries (up from 10th in 2019.) This is heartening, especially as the industry has been overwhelmed by an influx of patients, limited resources, rationing, and other challenges due to COVID-19.
"While telehealth is an integral part of maintaining social distancing and providing patient care, it has also increased healthcare providers' digital footprint and attack surface, which we see with the increase of findings per telehealth domain, and in factors like endpoint security," said Sam Kassoumeh, COO and co-founder of SecurityScorecard. "It's an indicator that healthcare organizations should continue to keep a focus on cyber resilience."
Mark Turnage, CEO of DarkOwl adds, "Since the onset of the pandemic, cybercriminals are entering the healthcare data selling space which ultimately leads to new risks facing healthcare organizations and their IT supply stream. Threat protection teams must remain one step ahead of potential attackers, especially during this critical time."
Methodology and more details can be found in the full report here.
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