The number of cyber attacks on healthcare facilities has more than doubled in the last five years, according to research by the Ponemon Institute. Almost 90 percent of healthcare providers have been hit by a breach in the last two years, and half of them were criminal in nature, according to the report. The average data breach costs hospitals $2.1 million.
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Centura Health in Colorado saw the writing on the wall in 2012 and began a massive redesign and re-architecting of its security infrastructure in a three-year project to improve its tactical defenses to meet industry standard security practices. A bigger push in 2014-2015 helped the network of 17 hospitals, two senior living centers and more than 100 physician practices to achieve audit-readiness and further secure the protected health information in its systems.
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