healthcare cybersecurity

January 11, 2018

HEALTHCARE

Medical device security: Three ways you can act to reduce the risk

If 2017 was about ransomware attacks, 2018 will be about cyber attacks on the Internet of Things (aka medical devices). As we begin the year, that's the message we're hearing...

October 12, 2017

HEALTHCARE

Why cybersecurity in the workplace is everyone’s business

“If Microsoft calls and asks you for your password…it’s not real, ” said Steve LeBlond, VP of Technology and CTO of Ochsner Health System, while speaking at our Digital Health Summit on October 3. “We [Information Technology] will never ask you to log us in.” Steve was talking about phishing attacks, one of the biggest […]

September 8, 2017

HEALTHCARE

Understanding Medical Device Security

­­The FDA recall of a medical device last week has caused a bit of a media storm as the general public scrambles to find out more. The fact that a medical device meant to help sustain life is insecure and could be hacked to kill a patient is alarming to all of us. More worrying […]

August 30, 2017

HEALTHCARE

FDA announces first-ever recall of a medical device due to cyber risk

This week, the FDA took the unprecedented step of recalling a medical device – a pacemaker – because it was found to be vulnerable to cyber threats. The recall arose from an investigation by the FDA in February that highlighted a number of areas of non-compliance. While there are no known reports of patient harm related […]

August 17, 2017

HEALTHCARE

2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report: Top takeaways for healthcare defenders

Imagine your worst nightmare: Your healthcare facility is hit with a ransomware attack (like WannaCry or Nyetya), forcing patient care to come to a grinding halt. Now imagine that you’re unable to recover from this attack, because it also took down every system in your organization, including the ones you thought were your safety nets. […]

June 30, 2017

HEALTHCARE

Healthcare hit by global ransomware attack – again

Like a nasty strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, ransomware reared its ugly head again this week. This attack is called Nyetya, as named by Cisco’s Talos threat intelligence team. (You may have heard it referred to in the press as Petya, but we believe this variant is different enough to warrant its own moniker.) Nyetya is […]

May 12, 2017

HEALTHCARE

Healthcare Organizations: What You Need to Know About the NHS Cyberattack

Today’s news of the cyberattack affecting healthcare organizations—including the National Health Service (NHS)—in the UK, is sobering. Sources are reporting that the ransomware attack has “crippled the health system’s ability to treat patients.” Thousands of non-emergency appointments have been canceled, and ambulances have been diverted to other facilities, leading the NHS to declare the attack […]

March 17, 2017

HEALTHCARE

Addressing Healthcare Security Challenges

It’s a gross understatement to say that security is critical in healthcare, where a breach can not only impact an organization’s effectiveness and reputation but also affect patient privacy and—worst-case scenario—health and safety. If you are reading this blog, you no doubt already know the most common challenges to securing digital healthcare organizations, from ensuring […]