The SingHealth data breach, wherein records of 1.5 million patients were stolen, easily qualifies as the most serious breaches of personal data in Singapore’s history. It shows that no organization, however large or small, is free from cyberattack.
In recent years, the healthcare sector has faced increasingly intense and complex cybersecurity threats. Organizations are spending more money than ever on security, but hackers continue to find ways into networks and continue stealing sensitive data, including personal medical records.
As Kaspersky Lab predicted in Threat Predictions for Connected Health, attackers will increasingly look to target healthcare data, especially national databases. National and regional healthcare information systems that share non-encrypted patient data between local practitioners, hospitals, clinics and other facilities will also continue to be targeted by attackers looking to steal sensitive data.