On the black market, healthcare data is far more valuable than payment card information. What does this tell us about the need to secure patient information?
Criminals still buy and sell credit card information on the dark web, but healthcare data commands a much higher price. The reason is simple: payment card information is relatively easy to change, and thieves have no use for invalid credit card numbers. But healthcare information is very difficult or even impossible to change, which allows thieves to really cash in and creates an incentive to home in on security vulnerabilities at hospitals, clinics, and insurance companies.