Exploring the Wide-Ranging IoT Risks in Healthcare

In today’s world, the Internet of Things (IoT) is ubiquitous and holds great potential, but also brings security concerns. While IoT devices are being used across industries, the healthcare industry’s experiences with insecure devices provide valuable lessons to heed. Many devices used in healthcare — including microscopes, refrigerators storing chemicals, pharmacy-compounding equipment, infusion pumps and […]

5 biggest healthcare security threats for 2018

Consumers are more worried now about their protected health information (PHI) being compromised, thanks to high-profile breaches like Anthem and Allscripts. The recent RSA Data Privacy Report surveyed 7,500 consumers in Europe and the US. It showed that 59 percent of the respondents were concerned about their medical data being compromised. Thirty-nine percent were worried that a hacker would tamper […]

Survey: 18 percent of healthcare employees willing to sell patient data

Nearly one in five employees in the healthcare field said they’re willing to sell confidential data like login credentials to unauthorized parties, a new survey from Accenture claims. Nearly one quarter of the survey’s respondents said they know someone in their organization who has sold their credentials or access to an unauthorized outsider. The study also found some employees […]

Healthcare industry: Attacks outpacing investments in personnel, education and resources

The 2018 Impact of Cyber Insecurity on Healthcare Organizations study examines the myriad of cybersecurity-related challenges and how organizations are (or are not) addressing them. Results show the security stakes are high, with 62 percent of the 627 executives surveyed admitting to experiencing an attack in the past 12 months, and more than half losing […]

Record surges in healthcare attacks, fileless malware, cryptocurrency mining

During Q4 2017, McAfee Labs saw on average eight new threat samples per second, and the increasing use of fileless malware attacks leveraging Microsoft PowerShell. The Q4 spike in Bitcoin value prompted cybercriminals to focus on cryptocurrency hijacking through a variety of methods, including malicious Android apps. “The fourth quarter was defined by rapid cybercriminal adoption of […]

Insider Threat Seriously Undermining Healthcare Cybersecurity

The healthcare industry’s ability to defend against cyberthreats is being seriously undermined by its own workforce, according to two separate reports released this week. In an analysis of 1,368 security incidents at healthcare organizations in 27 countries, Verizon found that nearly six out of 10 (58%) security incidents involve insiders. That figure, according to Verizon, makes healthcare the only […]

5 steps to get a handle on your practice’s cyber vulnerability

A staggering 83 percent of physicians recently told AMA researchers that their practices have experienced a cyber attack of some type. The 1,300 physicians surveyed also said not enough cybersecurity support is coming from the government that will hold them accountable for a patient information breach. But concise, actionable advice is available to help medical […]

Most healthcare breaches still come from hacking

In 2017 the number of individuals affected by breaches within the healthcare sector reached a four-year low. However, 71 percentof breaches in 2017 were due to hacking and IT incidents, and a growing proportion growth trend that has continued since 2014, according to the Bitglass 2018 Healthcare Breach Report. The fourth annual Healthcare Breach Report aggregates data […]

Researchers explore real-world deployment of connected medical devices

ZingBox researchers detected, identified and analyzed the behavior of medical devices deployed in more than 50 hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare locations. Researchers looked at a wide range of medical devices, from infusion pumps and patient monitors to imaging systems and medical device gateways, highlighting vulnerabilities in hospital networks and shedding light on the causes of common security events. […]

Phillips clinical imaging solution plagued by vulnerabilities

Phillips is developing a software update to mitigate 35 CVE-numbered vulnerabilities in the Philips IntelliSpace Portal (ISP), a clinical imaging visualization and analysis solution that is used by healthcare and public health organizations around the world. According to ICS-CERT, some of the vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely by unauthenticated attackers and exploits for some of them […]