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In 2017, the healthcare industry was reported to be hit most frequently by a variety of cyber-attacks. The United States was reported to be the country with the MOST cyber- attacks in the world. That makes the healthcare industry in the U.S. the most targeted and breached industry in the world. Still feel safe?

The Statistics

Here are the top targeted industries hit by ransomware in 2017.

  1. Healthcare: 45%of cross-industry ransomware incidents.
  2. Finance: 12%
  3. Professional services: 12%
  4. Manufacturing: 7%
  5. Education: 6%
  6. Retail: 6%

(Beazley, 2017)

That’s Not All…

The Healthcare industry is also the main target for something known as a W-2 phishing scam. How does it work? Well, cybercriminals use multiple spoofing techniques to mask an email to make it look as if it is from the organization’s executive. The masked email is then sent to an employee in the payroll or human resources department, requesting a list of all employees and their W-2 forms .  According to IRS commissioner John Koskinen, “This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time”.

Make sure you and ALL of your employees are as informed and protected as possible. Visit our website to learn more at www.mvpworks.com


 

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