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HCA Healthcare Data Breach: What could have been done? – Skyhigh Security Intelligence Digest

August 16, 2023

By Rodman Ramezanian - Global Cloud Threat Lead, Skyhigh Security

HCA Healthcare, a prominent healthcare provider with a widespread presence in Florida and 19 other states, recently fell victim to a severe data breach potentially affecting as many as 11 million people. The unsettling incident came to light when personal patient information surfaced on an online forum.

With the average cost of a healthcare data breach rising to $11 million, according to IBM Security’s 2023 Cost of a Data Breach Report, it serves as a stark reminder of the ever-growing importance of robust cybersecurity practices in the healthcare industry.

Constantly looming as a serious menace, cyberattacks pose significant risk to organizations, encompassing potential harm to business operations, intellectual property, sensitive data, and reputation. However, in the healthcare domain, the stakes are raised even higher. The loss of data can lead to life-threatening consequences, while the theft of patient records constitutes a breach of privacy with enduring impacts on the affected individuals.

What can be done to stop this epidemic of cyberattacks? Learn more here.

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