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Global Healthcare Cybersecurity Market - Outlook and Forecast 2021-2026
The global healthcare cybersecurity market is expected to surpass $24.1 billion by 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.70% from 2021 to 2026. In today’s digital world, cybersecurity and protecting healthcare information are crucial for the smooth operation of organizations. Healthcare institutions have various specialized hospital information systems, and they need to protect thousands of IoT devices as well. As a result, cybersecurity budgets have increased, new technologies have been implemented, and healthcare organizations are improving their ability to prevent attacks and maintain secure networks.
The healthcare sector is undergoing significant changes due to various factors. New care models are emerging, focusing on wellness rather than just illness, while costs continue to rise in the face of growing demand for personalized, long-term care and the need for patients to be involved in their own care management. Healthcare organizations are also adopting digital records and leveraging technological advancements such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT). The increasing use of technology, growing concerns about data privacy, and the acceptance of cybersecurity in emerging economies are key drivers of the global healthcare cybersecurity market. Collaboration between the private and public sectors to strengthen cybersecurity is also contributing to the demand in this market.
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Threat Type, Security Type, Deployment Type, End-User, and Geography
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on cybersecurity in the healthcare sector. There has been a surge in complex phishing email schemes, with cybercriminals posing as representatives of institutions like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Cybercrime increased by 600% during the pandemic. Investments in cybersecurity also increased, with $133 million invested in 2020 and $135 million invested in 2021, with Armis being a prominent contributor.
Cybercrimes currently cost the world approximately $600 billion annually, accounting for nearly 0.8% of the global GDP. Healthcare data is a critical asset, and healthcare institutions are investing heavily in protecting it from cyberattacks. The increasing connectivity of machines and devices in hospitals, such as beds, MRIs, and thermostats, has provided attackers with virtual backdoors and an expanding attack surface to exploit. As the number of cyberattacks has risen, so has the interest in this critical and sensitive sector. For example, Armis Security, a leading company in IoT security based in Palo Alto, raised $125 million at a valuation of $2 billion in March 2021.
The healthcare industry has always been at the forefront of adopting new technologies. Over the years, it has incorporated technology solutions across various procedures and processes, ranging from patient registration and data monitoring to lab tests and self-care tools. Innovations in the healthcare industry include wireless brain sensors, self-service kiosks, electronic health records (EHR), healthcare apps, and remote health assistance. Among these advancements, telemedicine is particularly promising.
Collaboration between the public and private sectors in cybersecurity is becoming increasingly necessary, especially considering that the private sector owns and operates a significant portion of a country’s critical infrastructure. Public-private partnerships and increased investments in the healthcare cybersecurity market are crucial for strengthening the healthcare industry and protecting critical infrastructure worldwide. Public-private partnerships are already established in many regions, such as North America and the Asia-Pacific, and they can be beneficial in addressing various issues. In terms of cybersecurity, the European Union promotes such partnerships through legislation, such as the Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union.
In terms of mergers and acquisitions in the global cybersecurity industry, several deals worth over $1 billion took place, including McAfee’s $4 billion acquisition by STG, Auth0’s $6.4 billion acquisition by Okta, and Proofpoint’s $12.3 billion acquisition by Thoma Bravo.
Many technology companies are investing in their countries’ critical infrastructure to ensure the security of data against theft or misuse. For example, in August 2021, Microsoft announced a $20 billion investment in cybersecurity over the next five years and pledged to provide $150 million in technical services to help local governments improve their defense capabilities.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including threat type, security type, deployment type, end-user, and geography.
Segmentation by Threat Type
Malware – Ransomware, Virus, Others
Denial of Service
Segmentation by Security Type
Critical Infrastructure Security
Segmentation by Deployment Type
Segmentation by End-user
Pharma & Biotech Companies
Segmentation by Geography
North America – US, Canada
Europe – Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain
APAC – China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia
Latin America – Brazil, Mexico, Argentina
Middle East & Africa – South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
The global healthcare cybersecurity market is categorized based on threat type, including malware (ransomware attack), phishing, denial of service, and other threats. The adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) policies in the healthcare industry has increased the need for organizations to enhance their efforts in protecting healthcare data from phishing attacks.
Outdated infrastructure security services can result in cybersecurity vulnerabilities such as patch management, configuration management, failures in access controls, data encryption, and website security. This has led to a growing demand for network security solutions in the healthcare cybersecurity market.
The market is further segmented based on deployment type, with on-premises and cloud-based solutions being the two main categories. On-premises solutions currently hold a significant market share, while the cloud-based segment is expected to witness the highest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.17% during the forecast period.
On-premises storage, which does not rely on wireless internet connections to retrieve clinical data, is considered less risky, making it a preferred choice for healthcare organizations. On-premises cybersecurity solutions currently dominate the healthcare industry, accounting for over 70% of the market share.
The market is also classified based on end-users, including pharma & biotech companies, payers, healthcare facilities, and other organizations. Pharma & biotech companies held a share of over 30% in the global healthcare cybersecurity market in 2020. These companies face increasing cybersecurity risks as they embrace digitalization and store valuable data online, making them attractive targets for cyber attacks.
North America: It holds the largest market share, with the US healthcare cybersecurity market witnessing significant growth due to a rise in reported hacking incidents in the healthcare sector in 2020. Cybercriminals took advantage of the pandemic crisis, causing disruption in patient care demands.
Europe: The European Commission’s initiatives to promote digitalization in the health sector have created opportunities for cybersecurity companies to grow in the region.
APAC: Investment in digital infrastructure has become a priority for hospitals in the Asia-Pacific region, with an aim to reduce medical errors and enhance patient satisfaction. This drives the demand for healthcare cybersecurity solutions.
Latin America: The market faces challenges related to limited access to healthcare services and resources. However, the convergence of innovative technology with advancements in neuroscience, medicine, and public healthcare policy presents opportunities for digital healthcare and cybersecurity.
Middle East & Africa: The Middle East, particularly Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are witnessing increased technology adoption, making them targets for complex cyber attacks aimed at stealing personal data. The healthcare cybersecurity market can address the security gaps in the region’s healthcare sector.
The leading market players in the global healthcare cybersecurity market include Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), McAfee Corp, Inc., and Palo Alto Networks.
The adoption of IoT, application security, as well as the applications of AI and machine learning, has facilitated vendors in enhancing their delivery of cybersecurity solutions.
Many companies opt for inorganic growth strategies such as acquisitions. For example, McAfee recently acquired TunnelBear, a consumer VPN provider, and Skyhigh, a leading cloud access security broker (CASB).
In February 2021, CloudMD acquired IDYA4, a healthcare data security and integration provider, followed by Relay Medical’s acquisition of Cybeats Technologies, an IoT cybersecurity firm, just 10 days later.
North America and Europe are the key market players in healthcare cybersecurity, while other regions still hold significant opportunities. It is recommended that players in these regions focus on improving their product portfolios.
Key companies profiled in this report include Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), McAfee Corp, Palo Alto Networks, Armis, Bitglass Inc, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd, ClearDATA, CrowdStrike, CybelAngel, CyberMDX, Cylera, Cynerio, FireEye, Fortified Health Security, Imperva, Irdeto, Juniper Networks Inc, Kaspersky, LogRhythm, MedCrypt, Medigate, Meditology Services, Ostendio, Protenus, Sensato Cybersecurity Solutions, Trend Micro Inc.
Key Questions Answered
What is the market size and share of the global healthcare cybersecurity market?
The global healthcare cybersecurity market was valued at USD 9524 million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 24,053 million by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 16.70%.
What are the major factors driving the demand for healthcare cybersecurity services?
The increasing use of technology, growing concerns about data privacy, and the rising recognition of cybersecurity in emerging economies are the major factors driving the demand for healthcare cybersecurity services.
What are the segments covered in the healthcare cybersecurity market?
The healthcare cybersecurity market encompasses segments such as threat type, security type, deployment type, end-user, and geography.
Which region has the highest growth rate in the healthcare cybersecurity industry?
The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to witness the highest growth rate in the healthcare cybersecurity market.
Who are the top players in the healthcare cybersecurity market?
The top players in the healthcare cybersecurity market include Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), McAfee Associates, Inc., and Palo Alto Networks.