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Health records are the new credit cards

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Mar 24, 2015.

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    Forget credit card numbers. The hot new data for the modern bad guy is the electronic health record, which is not only worth more on the black market, but is easier to get.

    According to a 2014 BitSight report, the health care industry has been lagging behind when it comes to security effectiveness, "with a worse average rating than the retail industry, including a high volume of security incidents and slow response times," according to Stephen Boyer, CTO and co-founder at Cambridge, Mass.-based BitSight Technologies.

    "Health care companies have often been more willing to accept those risks because of a mistaken belief that 'the hackers are after credit card numbers, not electronic health records,'" said John Pescatore, director of emerging trends at Bethesda, MD-based SANS Institute.

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