Shannon Pettypiece at Insurance Journal writing about how 90% of the United States healthcare firms have been hit by cyber attacks and the industry requiring much stronger cyber defense and overall preparedness:

A rise in cyber attacks against doctors and hospitals is costing the U.S. healthcare system $6 billion a year as organized criminals who once targeted retailers and financial firms increasingly go after medical records, security researchers say.

Criminal attacks against healthcare providers have more than doubled in the past five years, with the average data breach costing a hospital $2.1 million, according to a study today from the Ponemon Institute, a security research and consulting firm. Nearly 90 percent of healthcare providers were hit by breaches in the past two years, half of them criminal in nature, the report found.