In the early morning of May 14th this year, security staff attached to the National Cyber Security Centre in Ireland noticed suspicious activity within IT networks connected to the country's Health Service Executive, the HSE. Hours later, IT systems in dozens of hospitals, clinics, and health providers -- all serving the country's population of nearly five million people -- had been shut down with what turned out to be a devastating Conti ransomware attack.Read More
With remote care, connected devices, and more efficient use of data digitizing healthcare delivery, cybersecurity has never been more vital for providers. Despite the benefits to patient care, however, there are some major weak spots that still remain for providers.
With healthcare under continuous attack from threat actors, not only will new vulnerabilities emerge, but existing cybersecurity weaknesses are also set to become more critical as providers leverage digital technology more frequently.Read More
Cybersecurity is generally not the first thing on anyone’s mind when she or he is contemplating a major operation or a prolonged hospital stay. However, with the healthcare sector experiencing a constant rise in cyber attacks, the potential health impact of getting caught in the crossfire of a ransomware attack is now an increasingly frightening prospect for a significant number of healthcare consumers.Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the healthcare industry in multiple ways. Much has been written about the danger to nurses and doctors and the perilous economic realities providers face. Just as risky but less discussed are cyberattacks in the middle of an overwhelming cybersecurity emergency.Read More