Keeping our health information safe

January 3, 2019

As health care and insurance providers work to meet regulatory requirements and offer greater accessibility and convenience to their patients, highly sophisticated criminals are focused on leveraging vulnerabilities to gain access to personal health information (PHI).

Consider these sobering facts:

  • Criminal attacks on health care data grew 125 percent from 2010 to 2015.
  • Between 2015 and 2019 approximately one in 13 patients—more than 25 million people—will have their medical and/or personal information stolen as a result of a cyberattack. 1
  • Medical records have been estimated to be worth 10 to 20 times that of financial data. 2
  • The average cost of a data breach for health care organizations is $2.1 million.
  • Patients who are victimized will spend an estimated $13,500 and 200 hours to address the consequences of medical identity theft.

Thanks to a steady rise of data breaches in health care, there’s a growing need for information security professionals with the targeted knowledge and skills to protect personal health information. Capella University’s Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Health Care Security specialization is aligned with industry standards to prepare professionals to build the security infrastructure that serves this important and growing need.

Read the white paper, Keeping our Protected Health Information Safe to learn about challenges facing the health care industry, the risks these challenges pose to health care organizations and patients, and how to build your career protecting our health care data.

Learn more about Capella’s Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Health Care Security Specialization.

1SOURCE: Accenture. The $300 Billion Attack: The Revenue Risk and Human Impact of Healthcare Provider Cyber Security Inaction.

2SOURCE: Insurance Journal. Healthcare Firms at Risk; Hackers Value Medical Records Over Credit Data.

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