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Fortified Health Security releases 2022 Mid-Year Horizon Report on the State of Cybersecurity in healthcare

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | July 18, 2022 Cyber Security Health IT
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – July 18, 2022 – Fortified Health Security, Healthcare's Cybersecurity Partner®, today released the 2022 Mid-Year Horizon Report: The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare. The report's findings illustrate how healthcare providers, health plans and business associates must not let their guard down even though the number of reported cybersecurity breaches have leveled off after meteoric rises over the past several years. The report goes on to explore how a resilient and secure healthcare ecosystem can be achieved through the implementation of several best practices including encompassing incident response plans, penetration testing, MITRE ATT&CK®, and the continued adoption of emerging artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) detection and response technologies.

The report leverages a comprehensive cross-section of information, expertise, and statistical analysis to highlight industry-wide trends, insights, and predictions. Horizon Reports have been published by Fortified Health Security since 2017 and are designed to help healthcare stakeholders navigate the exceedingly complex cybersecurity landscape by sharing best practices and actionable guidance.

Significant findings from the 2022 Mid-Year Horizon Report include:

Malicious attacks ranked as the No. 1 cause of breaches for a sixth consecutive year, with the percentage of incidents pegged to hacking/IT incidents rising from 73% last year to 80% so far in 2022.
There were 337 breaches impacting 500 or more records reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the first six months of 2022.
Healthcare providers account for the most breaches (72%), followed by business associates (16%), and health plans (12%).

"The healthcare industry has made progress toward adopting a security-first mindset and protecting health information and technology assets. That's the good news," said Dan L. Dodson, CEO of Fortified Health Security. "The not-so-good news is that the threats facing healthcare continue to evolve, grow at a faster rate, and become more sophisticated – and it's happening at time when our industry continues to face a severe human capital shortage. However, I remain optimistic that hospitals and health systems will meet these cybersecurity issues head-on as we see the continued implementation of encompassing incident response plans, penetration testing and a growing dependence on artificial intelligence/machine learning security technologies that will undoubtedly propel cybersecurity efforts."

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