EP&T: Keeping medical devices safe from Cyber attacks
Securing hardware devices, services and data needs to start on the assembly line
In the last few years, hospitals and medical facilities have been successfully targeted by cyber crooks looking to exploit or wreak havoc on the healthcare sector and its patients. Emboldened by the industry’s slow progress in adopting technologies that harden medical devices and data systems, criminals have upped their game.
In the US, healthcare IT pundits have reported at least six health care providers have been victimized by ransomware attacks this year. In June 2019, NEO Urology was attacked and ended up paying $75,000 to regain access to their system and data.
In February 2019, a ransomware attack on the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence resulted in them having to notify 25,148 patients that their data was potentially breached. These are just the attacks that have been reported; experts assume that many other attacks have occurred but kept confidential.