What hackers do with the protected health information
The vendor also links to his “cashout” guide. Cashout guides are commonly offered by vendors who sell “fullz to help the buyers understand how to make money out of this kind of data.
Based on deployments of Cynerio’s cyber-security solution in hospitals, we’ve seen that children’s PHI’s can be more than 10% of total PHIs, and their data is often transmitted over the network unencrypted and unprotected, and stored in medical servers that aren’t sufficiently cyber-protected.
Sadly, there’s a very high probability that we’ll continue seeing offers of this nature.
Why is this happening?
Putting those two facts together – the ubiquity of PHI in healthcare systems, and ease of infiltration and exploitation – it should come as no surprise that healthcare hacking events have been continuously increasing over the past years.
Today, it’s more important than ever for healthcare security leaders to have increased visibility of their clinical systems, and how they handle PHI, in order to ensure patient data protection.