Powerful forces like sensor-based technologies, new ways of interacting with patients, consumer demands for personalized care, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are disrupting the concept of healthcare for consumers and providers alike. Together, these trends are blurring the boundaries between traditional healthcare providers and retailers, technology companies and medical device manufacturers, among others.
The continued adoption of patient electronic health records has expanded the cybersecurity attack surface and increased exposure to new and evolving threats. According to findings from 367 healthcare provider respondents to The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2018, 14% of providers reported a ransomware attack last year and providers detected 11% more security incidents in 2017 than the year before.
Pieter Penning, PCI QSA
US Advisory, Cybersecurity & Privacy Partner, PwC US