The health care industry’s security system isapparently in need of major repair.

Two reports surfaced recently offering evidence of cybersecurityissues in the industry. While one report notes stolen health care information isn’t nearly asvaluable on the black market as is financial industry data, thievescan still get key personal information by breaching a health caredatabase.

Perhaps the more alarming of the two reports was issued bySecurityScorecard, a provider of security risk information. Thecompany summarized its findings in its 2016 Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Reportthis way: “Security breaches in this industry pose devastatingconsequences because they can render an entire system or networkinoperable, creating a life or death situation that needs immediateattention.”

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.