Why should hospitals increase their cybersecurity?


A new report by Wandera recently revealed that hospitals and healthcare organizations are at a high risk of data breaches. Indeed, a majority of those organizations often run on outdated software and are starting to use more cloud storage, leading to an increase in cyber-attacks. Cybercriminals would be attacking hospital data more than ever because healthcare records are worth a lot on the black market.

The threat creates network access from an app to web services known to demonstrate malicious behavior, including downloading unauthorized software and gathering sensitive data.

The report analyzed the highest risks for healthcare organizations and malicious network traffic comes on top. Following it, there is the threat of phishing, vulnerable OS (older versions of operating systems that are more vulnerable), Man-in-the-middle attack, and finally malware.

Moreover, two variations of man-in-the-middle attacks are very problematics for these organizations: SLL stripping (an intermediate server that uses advanced techniques to look like an authentic service) and Targeted certificate spoof (an intermediate server that attempts to look like a genuine service).

The medium-risk threats for hospitals and health organizations are Configuration vulnerabilities, risky hot spots, vulnerable OS, sideloaded apps, unwanted or vulnerable app, crypto-jacking, and third-party app stores installed.

Hospitals and healthcare organizations are more vulnerable than ever, especially with the pandemic going on. Thus, in order to protect them, cybersecurity is vital and this includes a need for new requirements, policies, and use cases that should be updated regularly to stay up to date.