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Connected medical device security, AI battle health hackers
This article is part of the Pulse issue of March 2018, Vol. 6, No. 2
The state of healthcare cybersecurity technology largely reflects an ever-growing target for hackers created by an IT network that has extended connections to multiple organizations and devices through mergers and affiliations. In response, better use of cloud computing and further exploration of artificial intelligence and blockchain will bolster patient data protection. But even with a flush of technology investments -- as well as improved antimalware, antiphishing and security products with extensive intelligence features -- healthcare organizations will still suffer from a high number of cyberattacks this year, predicted Lynne Dunbrack, a research vice president at IDC Health Insights. In particular, IT analysts and security executives at healthcare organizations are watching for increased threats against connected medical device security. "We think medical devices will be the next wave of cybercriminal attacks," Dunbrack said. She added that cybercrime is increasingly profitable given the high black market value of health ...
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Features in this issue
More hacker threats, including via connected medical devices, are coming to healthcare organizations, but health IT professionals can look to AI and blockchain for possible help.
Patient data breaches dropped in 2017, mainly due to fewer large-scale breaches, but ransomware strikes intensified and insiders kept hacking.
Medical facilities sometimes believe security is equivalent to compliance with HIPAA -- but not so fast. Organizations must consider other aspects when guarding patient data.
Columns in this issue
Health IT and hospital security professionals must try to stay ahead of cyberattacks against electronic patient records. But now hackers are prepping the next generation.
Worry about health IT cybersecurity has shifted from hacker-triggered health data breaches to ransomware and malware exploits that shut down hospitals and threaten patient safety.
Hospital CIOs who want to ensure that their environments are protected should be sure to implement multifactor authentication and AI-based monitoring to prevent data breaches.