There are several major security risks that can impact the healthcare industry, including:
Cyber attacks: These can include malware, ransomware, and phishing attacks that are designed to steal sensitive patient information, disrupt operations, or extort money.
Data breaches: When unauthorized individuals gain access to patient information stored in electronic health records (EHRs) or other digital systems.
Insider threats: Employees, contractors, or business partners who misuse or steal patient information for personal gain.
Medical device security: As medical devices become increasingly connected to digital networks, there is a growing risk that they can be hacked, potentially putting patient lives at risk.
Lack of security controls: This could include a lack of access controls, data encryption, and monitoring systems that can make it easier for cyber attackers to gain access to sensitive information.
Compliance violation: HIPAA, PHI, GDPR, and other such regulatory compliance non-adherence can lead to heavy penalties and reputation loss
Interoperability issues: Sharing of sensitive information between different healthcare organizations and electronic health record systems can pose security risks if the systems are not properly configured or secured.