Healthcare Cybersecurity Weekly Briefing 07-06-2018

Critical Informatics Healthcare Cyber Security

Critical Informatics Healthcare Cyber Security

Health Industry Asks Government for Help on Cybersecurity
The House Energy and Commerce Committee received nearly 300 pages of input on its request for information about ways to fortify the cybersecurity of medical devices such as MRIs and X-ray machines. Industry respondents converged on a few common themes, including their need for financial support and guidance from Washington on how to secure legacy technology.

Identifying Security Priorities to Address New Healthcare Cyber Threats 
Today’s increase in cyberattack capabilities is prompting the healthcare sector to exceed $65 billion on IT security within the next five years. However, it should come as no surprise that as cybersecurity spending continues to increase, the efforts of cybercriminals to adapt and find new ways to leverage vulnerabilities grows in tandem. Recently, we’ve noticed a variety of threats that should be on the radar of healthcare IT personnel[.]

Protecting Data in the Healthcare Industry
The healthcare industry is among the most attractive targets for cybercriminals because of the high value of the information it manages; victimized organizations, such as hospitals, are often willing to pay ransomware demands; healthcare systems are normally easier to penetrate and disable because of a general level of underinvestment in cyber security; and there is a lack of security expertise in the healthcare industry. This paper talks about the various measures that can be taken to protect data in the healthcare industry.

Cyber-Attacks Caused 18 Days of NHS Downtime
Of these, 25 (31%) claimed to have experienced IT outages between January 2015 and February 2018, with 14 of them the result of a security breach. In total, the 80 responding trusts suffered 18 security incidents, leading to over 18 days of downtime. The overall figure for IT downtime exceeded 1300 hours, which averages out to over 16 hours per trust. The number for breaches and downtime would no doubt have been even greater had more Trusts responded.


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