Hospitals and the health-care community as a whole have become the most common and lucrative targets for cyberattacks. Many breaches are targeted and sophisticated while others are surprisingly random and simple. The Internet of Things has increased the attack surface with a host of new vulnerabilities and an alarming number of organizations lack even the most basic cybersecurity hygiene, yet everyone is surprised when there is a breach and sensitive information is exfiltrated.
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As hospitals and the health sector as a whole continue to take advantage of the conveniences provided by the latest IOT (Internet of Things) technologies, little attention is focused on the expansive and virtually completely unprotected attack surface evolving from use of these technologies. A cybersecurity-centric culture and an evolving enforcement of proper cybersecurity hygiene are mandatory to create even the most basic secure environment.
As a crucial component of our nation's critical infrastructure, the health sector is an obvious and wide open target for bad actors. Hackers, both state sponsored and mercenary, have been effortlessly pummeling our health sector networks while organizations do little to stop them. A firewall and anti-virus software will do little to stop intruders yet little, if anything, is being done to create standards to thwart a breach.