Davey Winder: prescription risk – pharmacies and cyber security

Pharmacies, be they on the high street or operating within a hospital setting, remain a prime target for threat actors.

Research published by Accenture in the spring revealed that 13% of respondents in England had been the victim of personal medical data theft. What interested me most about that particular survey was that most of these breaches, 35%, happened not in a hospital setting (29%) or at the GP surgery (19%) but rather in pharmacies.

Despite this, some 77% of those polled said they still had trust in their pharmacy to secure their health data. Which begs the question whether that trust is misplaced and, indeed, if enough is being done to protect this hot spot in the health data threat landscape?

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2 thoughts on “Davey Winder: prescription risk – pharmacies and cyber security

  • October 20, 2017 at 7:03 AM

    Thanks for writing this. I am a pharmacist myself, and have been surprised by the lack of information on security sites regarding the particular needs and dangers of the pharmacy.

  • October 20, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Thanks for reading, and your comment.

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