Tackling email data breaches in healthcare

By Alex Marz on Feb 20 2019

By Caitlin Stanway-Williams - 02/20/2019

The healthcare industry has long been a target for hackers, but it has seen a steep increase in the number of cyberattacks over the last two years. In 1Q17, there were a recorded 22 breaches in the US before this figure soared to a high of 99 in 2Q18, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services' breach portal. The number of individual's impacted has also risen alarmingly, with more than 2.5 million patient records exposed from April 1–June 30, 2018 and more than 2.9 million records through the first two months of the third quarter.

And email was the top source of data breaches in the healthcare industry in 2018, according to the same report.

To discuss the importance and best methods of tackling cyberattacks in the healthcare sector, DATAx sat down with Idan Udi Edry, CEO of Trustifi, a software-as-a-service company offering a patented postmarked email system that encrypts and tracks emails.
"Even though regulatory laws like HIPAA have been around for more than 20 years, the sophistication and frequency in which cybercriminals attack personally identifiable information (PII) in emails today means that business are being a lot more proactive, because it's costing real money now," begins Edry. "When an average of 269 billion email messages are sent a day and email encryption services like Trustifi making encrypting emails so simple it just doesn't make sense to hold out any longer. Business email compromise (BEC) attacks, phishing schemes, data breaches and a firms' loss of reputation hurts the bottom line and the obvious cost-savings of encryption just makes prudent financial sense." (Con’t)

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