Hospitals in US, Australia hobbled by ransomware

The incidents send medical staff back to the days of pen and paper. Several hospitals in the United States and Australia have been paralyzed by ransomware attacks, leading to the cancellation of all but the most urgent appointments and surgeries. In the US, the outbreak affected three Alabama-based healthcare providers – DCH Regional Medical Center, … More Hospitals in US, Australia hobbled by ransomware

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

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

Critical infrastructure: It’s time to make security a priority

The security of industrial systems has been a matter of analysis and debate for years, especially after the onset of threats against them such as the Stuxnet worm in 2010, and the recognition of the vulnerability of these systems to external attacks. Six years after Stuxnet and in the wake of other threats that followed, such … More Critical infrastructure: It’s time to make security a priority