Cyber attacks affect 67% of health outfits

By Leslie Berry

New research underlines the need for independent practitioners to ensure they and their staff stay alert for cyber security issues.

As many as 67% of healthcare organisations have experienced a cyber security incident in the past year, highlighting the serious threat posed by data breaches and malicious attacks to health-related data held by private doctors.

The study, which surveyed senior business decision-makers in UK healthcare organisations, found 48% of incidents occurred due to introduction of viruses or malware from third-party devices – including internet of things (IoT) devices and universal serial bus (USB) sticks.

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