Cyberattacks will compromise 1-in-3 healthcare records next year | CIO
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The biggest challenge in the health industry is the abundance of old legacy systems and devices. These systems are being patched together, old and new, in-house developed and commercial, for the sake of functionality and efficiency. This makes into a huge mess that is difficult to use and maintain, and it opens huge security holes.
For the sake of efficiency everything is now getting connected to the network and the same goes for medical equipment. The problem is that they often are ancient from an IT point of view, with old unpatched technology, for instance old Windows XP-based. Every such machine open a security hole into the entire network. Also, this hole might not only be used for stealing data. If the hacker manipulates the data or even remote control the devices we are talking life and death consequences.
The chain is never stronger than it’s weakest link and the health industry has many, many weak links..