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Healthcare cyber security systems remain vulnerable

Posted by Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN, CPHRM on Jun 9, 2016 12:30:00 PM

shutterstock_209401690_Cyber-crime.jpgAll healthcare organizations, small or large are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Reports of breaches against healthcare organizations continue to rise—as do the regulatory fines they face when protected patient data is exposed.  The SANS Institute, a cooperative research and education organization published a white paper titled Health Care Cyberthreat Report detailing findings from a three-month study of medical institutions and healthcare providers whose data was hacked.

49,917 unique malicious cyber breaches revealed that multiple connected device types, applications and systems can be compromised, including radiology imaging software, video conferencing systems, digital video systems, call contact software, security systems and edge devices such as VPNs, firewalls and routers. Current security practices and strategies around endpoints in general, but especially those that are healthcare related, are not keeping pace with attack volumes. These findings are cause for alarm and require the immediate attention of all healthcare organizations and providers.


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