Credit: ID 44662539 © Wittaya1988 | Around the globe, cyber-security threats are real and rising and Australia’s healthcare sector is far from immune. Maintaining effective cyber-security defences has become a strategic challenge for healthcare providers of all sizes and stripes, from standalone practices to the country’s largest hospital chains. Healthcare is one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing industries – worth $152 billion a year, according to Ibisworld research. The sensitive patient data healthcare providers have in their possession is of considerable value to hackers and cyber-criminals looking to appropriate and misuse it for financial gain. US research suggests this type of information sells for a premium on the dark web, where records containing medical data can go for up to twice the price of other personal records. Evidence also suggests Australia’s healthcare providers are struggling to mitigate the cyber-risks they face. Health service providers accounted for 54 […]