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Is Anyone Paying Attention to Healthcare Security?

Is Anyone Paying Attention to Healthcare Security?

According to a recent report in TechCrunch, over one billion medical images from patients around the world — including CT scans, X-Rays, ultrasounds — are available online for download to anyone with "an internet connection and free-to-download software.” It’s a pretty jarring number and while it is sure to get people talking, the question is: will this revelation change anything?

More vulnerabilities are being found in in the healthcare space, and yet very little action seems to come as a result. It’s a damning indictment on the state of digital risk management in healthcare today, but the fact is that it’s not even surprising anymore.

While more than 50% of healthcare leaders report that “contending with fast evolving cyber threats” is the single greatest challenge facing the industry, 32% still admit to never auditing their medical devices for known vulnerabilities!

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Source:
Oranski, Safi. 2020. "Is Anyone Paying Attention To Healthcare Security?". Infosecurity Magazine. https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/opinions/paying-attention-healthcare.