1. Health care companies will continue to be the top target for hackers.

According to various reports, including Gemalto’s 1H 2015 Breach Level Index Report, the health care industry holds the dubious distinction for having the most number of data breach incidents compared to other industries. Health care data still commands a 10x premium over financial and other personal information. At the same time, most health care companies lack the ability to find a network attacker that has circumvented preventative security and is in the process of exploring an unfamiliar network, gaining additional points of control, and getting closer to Protected Health Information (PHI) and Personal Identity Information (PII) records. Even data encryption, greater network segmentation and additional authentication controls are unlikely to impede a network attacker, as they can steal valid credentials that give them access to critical data to carry out their work. These network attacks will continue to occur in 2016 and will likely continue to represent the industry most victimized by data breaches.

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