June 11-12, 2018 | San Francisco, CA

Cybersecurity: Nightmare Scenarios and Guiding Principles

By Jessica Davis

By now, the healthcare sector is fully aware of the looming target placed on its back by hackers. The issue is that legacy infrastructure, staffing shortages and insider threats can make it tough to tackle these issues.

The biggest threats lie within the legacy infrastructure of healthcare itself. This includes medical devices operating on outdated platforms, along with IoT devices. We have not have seen it happen frequently but, if those devices are hacked cybercriminals can actually put patient lives at risk.

Threats to patient safety

Potential attacks on basic infrastructure like life support are equally troubling. “That’s the thing about healthcare and healthcare security - when your imagination runs wild with the possible attacks people die,” said Nick van Terheyden, MD, founder and CEO of Incremental Healthcare.

But security risks go beyond a breach. In healthcare, when a hacker gets in it often interrupts patient care, throws clinicians back to pencil and paper and downtime can last for weeks. 

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