Every industry is vulnerable to data breaches, but the healthcare industry has long stood out above the rest. The large quantity of information and the value of that information makes it a prime target. Stolen health information sells for up to 100x more than other personal data. Unlike credit card info, medical data cannot be changed or reset once it is available on the black market.
Vulnerability also extends to patient care. Many ailments are treated with cloud-based monitoring services or embedded IoT devices. Unfortunately, medically necessary IoT devices can and are being compromised by cyberattacks capable of disrupting the delivery of lifesaving health services.