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Forrester: Healthcare remains a ripe target for cybercriminals

Healthcare security budgets continued to lag behind other industries in 2016, with numerous hospitals falling victim to ransomware attacks, according to Forrester Research. Lessons from the data breaches of 2016 include the need for healthcare organisations to increase security budgets. Healthcare organisations spend 23% of their IT budget on security, compared to 35% for utilities and telecoms, highlighting the need for increased investment. Furthermore, healthcare organisations should segment their networks into micro-perimeters and encrypt sensitive data to protect patient privacy.

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