Malware. This word gives us shivers down our cyberspine. It calls up a soundtrack of horror music. I know you think I am being a bit overdramatic about the chaos it can bring, but let me define the word to give you an example of its nastiness. Then you can decide.
Malware, which means “malicious software,” is the umbrella term for all kinds of creepy crawlies running through the web and right up your CPU. These creepers include viruses, worms, Trojan Horses, rootkits, spyware and keyloggers. I plan on covering most of these in the blog over the next few months, so it is important to understand where the idea of malware comes from.
From Pranks to Pros
The malware era began as virus creation in the 1980s. Most virus creators were young programmers who noticed holes in programming and thought pranking the system and causing a few harmless meltdowns sounded like a bit of a kick. The problem was that scammers, ID thieves and other criminal-minded baddies began to see the “professional” potential of introducing negative programs into computers for criminal gain.
Think about how much your business uses digital resources and how many of your clients interact with you through digital devices. Shopping, making appointments or looking for information on the digital highway are just a fraction of the transactions going on every day. Malware producers are like pickpockets hanging out on the busy Las Vegas strip.
Electronic Health Record Creeper Chaos
Let’s look at the chaos these creepers can cause in electronic health record systems. Beazley, a U.K.-based cyber security insurance company looked at malware attacks over the past few years. Beazley found that malware attacks quadrupled in 2016. Half of these were in the healthcare sector.
Health care records contain the most intimate of details. Not only is the business end vulnerable to billing issues, funds being funneled to false accounts and use of business names and information for scams, the patient’s identity information can be compromised including such problems as accessing Social Security numbers, credit information or government benefits.
One of the reasons EHR is targeted more often may be the longevity of the records. Other business-sector records may be destroyed after a period of time, but health care records are needed for a lifetime.
It takes knowledge and planning to keep health care records healthy and other sensitive data out of the hands of the malware masters. Get your office and digital data secured and obtain a solid IT plan. Look into the layers of security you need with CMIT of Centerville today!
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