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In Mexico, the security of patients' medical information and the integrity of health institutions are under serious threat. According to the report "Will Healthcare Prosper or Survive?" According to SOTI, half of the country's health centers have suffered some type of data breach. This alarming statistic reveals the fragility of the Mexican health system in the face of cyberattacks and other security incidents.

The report highlights that 50% of these centers have had their patient information compromised, raising serious concerns about the protection of confidential data and the ability of these institutions to adequately safeguard personal and medical information. This situation shows the urgent need to reinforce cybersecurity measures in the healthcare sector to prevent future incidents and protect both institutions and patients.

Among the most common incidents reported are data leaks from external sources and ransomware attacks, as well as accidental data leaks by internal staff. These issues not only expose patients' personal information, but also result in significant costs and reputational damage for the institutions involved.

External data breaches typically occur when attackers manage to infiltrate healthcare institutions' systems, stealing sensitive information and often demanding a ransom to not reveal it. Ransomware attacks, on the other hand, involve encrypting patient data, preventing access until the ransom is paid. These tactics not only disrupt the daily operations of healthcare facilities, but can also lead to permanent data loss if proper backups are not in place.

In addition, accidental breaches by internal staff represent a significant risk, as they can occur due to human error, lack of information security training, or inadequate data handling procedures. These leaks can be equally damaging, compromising patient privacy and weakening trust in healthcare institutions.

In conclusion, the protection of medical information in Mexico faces critical challenges that require urgent attention. Healthcare institutions must implement robust cybersecurity measures and train their staff in secure practices to mitigate these risks and safeguard patient information. Investment in security technologies and continuous training of personnel will be key to strengthening the defense against growing cyber threats and preserving the integrity of the Mexican health system.

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