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Key Steps to Countering Healthcare Cyberattacks
Medjacking, a growing threat, refers to the theft of digital medical devices. As advances in healthcare technology have resulted in a significant increase in the number of connected devices, an unexpected side effect has occurred.
Fremont, CA: With the rapid advancement of medical technology and the increasing value of patient data, it is no surprise that healthcare organisations are increasingly becoming targets of cyberattacks. The healthcare industry has been designated as having the most cyberattacks, which is not a title that any industry wants to hold.
Here are the key factors causing healthcare to retain this unwanted distinction.
The Growing Number of Connected Medical Devices
With the rise of virtual healthcare and rising healthcare costs overall, hospitals must work extra hard to stay competitive. This quest is aided by the efficiency and effectiveness provided by connected medical devices. The industry is eager for more technology to help it see as many patients as possible. According to a survey of 535 healthcare IT professionals, 59 percent have more than 300 network-connected devices.
Unfortunately, these devices are notoriously difficult to patch and introduce a new set of security issues, making compliance with regulatory requirements difficult. Data transmitted between "wearable" devices, such as implants, and service providers, has emerged as one of the most rapidly growing sources of attacks. According to a recent report, more than half of connected medical devices and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices contain critical hospital network vulnerabilities.
The ‘medjacking’ Phenomenon
Medjacking, a growing threat, refers to the theft of digital medical devices. As advances in healthcare technology have resulted in a significant increase in the number of connected devices, an unexpected side effect has occurred. Despite the fact that they add a layer of convenience and efficiency, medical devices have become prime targets for cyberattacks.
Medjacking allows malicious actors to take control of in-use devices, resulting in terrifying, even life-threatening scenarios. The most likely and frequent intent of these attacks, nevertheless, is to use these vulnerable devices as a point of entry into larger hospital networks. As a result, Sensitive patient information is being held hostage or stolen, providers are unable to access critical patient data, and patient care may be disrupted.