Data Acquisition

Cyber Attacks: A Threat to Public Health

14 July 2017

Image credit: PixabayImage credit: PixabayWith cyber attacks happening at an almost daily rate, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital are publishing their concerns about the effects of cyber attacks on a particular industry: health care.

Publishing their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine in an article titled "Threats to Information Security — Public Health Implications," researchers William J. Gordon, MD, and Adam Landman, MD, detail the impact of cyber attacks on information systems and the subsequent impact on public health.

"Nearly 90% of health care organizations ... suffered a data breach in the past 2 years; meanwhile, 64% of organizations reported a successful attack targeting medical files in 2016 — a 9% increase in just 1 year," the authors write.

"If we acknowledge the public health implications of information security, we can improve dialogue, implement necessary protections and minimize the impact on patient care," they conclude.

To read more about the study, click here.

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