NHS warned to act now to keep hackers at bay

Outdated computer systems, underinvestment in cybersecurity, and a shortage of cybersecurity awareness and skills impact the organization’s cyber-resilience and conspire to put it in the firing line of cyberattacks. Two years after being badly hobbled by the WannaCryptor outbreak, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) still has a lot of work to do to avoid … More NHS warned to act now to keep hackers at bay

Software bugs put nearly 100 million health records at risk of exposure

The slew of vulnerabilities – since patched – were found without the use of automated testing tools. A team of seven researchers has discovered more than 20 security vulnerabilities in OpenEMR, an open-sourceapplication used worldwide for the electronic management of the medical records of almost 100 million people. In keeping with the principles of responsible disclosure, … More Software bugs put nearly 100 million health records at risk of exposure

One in five healthcare employees willing to sell patient data, study finds

Almost one in five (18%) employees in the healthcare industry in the United States and Canada said that they would be willing to give access to confidential medical data about patients to an unauthorized outsider for financial gain, a survey for Accenture has revealed. They would expect no more than $500 to $1,000 for their login credentials … More One in five healthcare employees willing to sell patient data, study finds

Is cybersecurity now as important as health and safety?

Background: What is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work? The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on April 28th and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. How does cybersecurity factor into it? It doesn’t, … More Is cybersecurity now as important as health and safety?

Healthcare providers ‘cannot be complacent over data security’

Consumers have placed a high level of trust in healthcare organizations to keep their digital data safe, but companies cannot afford to take such good relationships for granted. That is the main finding of a new report from Accenture, which found that 84% of consumers trust their physician or healthcare provider to keep data secure, … More Healthcare providers ‘cannot be complacent over data security’

Healthcare challenges: Ransomware and the Internet of Things are the tip of the iceberg

2015’s Anthem and Premera breaches made the general public more aware of the importance of security in healthcare organizations. 2016 brought fewer instances of massive healthcare breaches, but sadly this does not suggest that the problem has been solved. In fact, 2016 brought a surfeit of successful ransomware attacks in a variety of industries, and medical … More Healthcare challenges: Ransomware and the Internet of Things are the tip of the iceberg