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Karalee Serra | 10 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threat Worrisome but Theoretical - For Now
On June 13, the FDA released a document titled, "FDA Safety Communication: Cybersecurity for Medical Devices and Hospital Networks." Major news networks such as CNN and The Economist reported on the standard-issue release with pronounced alarm. The document outlines, in broad terms, a list of security risks that can be found in medical devices. In a related release, Homeland Security’s ICS-CERT (Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team) reported that two researchers found a hard-coded password vulnerability that might leave as many as 300 medical devices, many of which perform life-critical functions, prone to exploitation. Scary stuff, indeed. Continue reading the full article >>

David Finn | 18 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

What makes the healthcare industry such a hot target for hackers? The answer lies in the records that they keep. Medical records contain some of the most valuable personal information — social security numbers, birth and death dates, family information, billing information including credit card data — that allow hackers to gain full reign on a person’s identity and do some major damage. Just like any other business, even in hacking it boils down to the bottom line, and hackers want the most payout for their efforts. Healthcare organizations are the latest gold mine.

Yet, so many organizations are doing a poor job of protecting patient data. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center 2011 Breach Stats Report, 20 percent of all data breaches reported in 2011 were in the healthcare industry; the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse pegged this number at 33 percent in 2011. So, anywhere from one-fifth to one-third of data breaches last year were at...