If there’s one key lesson to take away from 2016 it’s that, in a relatively short period of time, the healthcare sector has become one the most highly-targeted industries by cyber-criminals seeking to get hold of sensitive and personal data. As the year progressed we saw a raft of ransomware attacks on the NHS and medical practices across the globe, with some hospitals forced to cancel appointments and operations as a result of their files and information being locked down.
It also became clear that the healthcare sector has serious security problems, with hospitals often relying on outdated systems and unpatched software/devices, leaving them open to attack. However, what separates the medical sector from say, the financial industry, is that a data breach for a hospital can mean much more than financial repercussions or embarrassment; when the delivery of patient care is affected, it really can be the difference between life and death. Read more..