The US health insurance industry is facing growing cybersecurity risks, Fitch Ratings Inc. said in a report on Tuesday.
The report said that this is due to the increasingly sophisticated techniques of cybercriminals among the expansion of remote health care and the growing digitalization. for insurance transactions, clinical records and invoicing.
"Health insurance companies and related third parties that do not store and protect sensitive customer information face increased financial, reputable, operational and regulatory risks from cyberattacks," said the credit rating agency.  The report states that the health data makes it a target for phishing, ransomware and other attacks. It is said that insurer networks risk the introduction of malicious code into legitimate data, while insurer networks are susceptible to violations.
The pandemic-driven increase in the adoption of remote healthcare services has increased exposure to third-party software systems and vendors. sade.
Insurers "maintain an urgent focus on data security and spend significant resources in this area", but "their systems are certainly not impenetrable, as evidenced by remarkable intrusions in recent years," it said.
The United States Department of State said in a report on Monday that the US Department of Health and Human Services could provide more cyber security assistance to healthcare organizations by routinely sharing threat information.