As ‘digital’ extends further into the realms of the healthcare industry, thanks to the rise of mobile products and the Internet of Things (IoT), it is no longer just consumer PCs, enterprise networks and government agencies that are targets for highly sophisticated cyber-attacks – it is medical devices too.
With personally identifiable information (PII) of patients being the prize, hackers are increasingly honing their skills to get their hands on this valuable data. And unfortunately, they’re getting good at it – putting patient data, and even patients themselves, at risk. Last November, for example, a virus was injected into a number of NHS Trusts’ computer systems, consequently resulting in the cancellation of appointments, operations and diagnostic procedures for two days. In the US, need we not forget the hack on health insurer Anthem in which up to 80 million patient records, containing client names, dates of birth, medical IDs and Social Security numbers, were exposed on the dark web.