Guest blog by Greg Young, VP cybersecurity Trend Micro
Technology is the beating heart of any modern hospital. Advances in cloud, IoT and digital IT systems have helped healthcare organizations (HCOs) greatly improve the quality of care offered to patients. Electronic health records are the backbone of an increasingly complex patient care network. But it has also exposed them to even greater risks of data theft and operational outages. A new report from Trend Micro and HITRUST reveals that at any one time there could be at least as many as 80,000 exposed systems in hospitals worldwide. The biggest finding is we also found a worrying disconnect or gap between current perceptions versus reality. Continue reading
Healthcare organizations (HCOs) around the world are under attack. The data they store and process has become a valuable commodity on the cybercriminal underground and has even been linked to nation state attacks. In 2015, more than 113 million records were stolen in the U.S. alone, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Many more cases undoubtedly go unreported, both at home and abroad. But why are Electronic Health Records (EHRs) so highly sought after? And where are organizations most exposed? Continue reading
In our previous installments of the Leaking Beeps research series, we have discussed that both healthcare and industrial control systems have been sending clear text messages via the pager communications protocols POCSAG and FLEX. We were surprised to see pages containing sensitive patient information when we looked into the use of pagers in the healthcare sector. We were just as alarmed to see the number of automation systems in industrial environments that were utilizing POCSAG and FLEX as wireless communications paths. This gave a lot of information away to a potential attacker who could use them in a future attack.
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Article written by specialists at the Trend Micro Foward-Looking Threat Research Lab
Over sixty years ago, healthcare professionals were among the first to adopt a new communication tool: the pager. This little instrument combined technology from walkie-talkies and automobile radios, resulting in a handy little tool that allowed the transmission of messages (or ‘pages’) to other pagers up to 25 miles away. And although smartphones have taken over communication in the outside world, the healthcare industry has never really said goodbye to pagers. They offer a few crucial advantages to healthcare professionals: they don’t suffer from the often weak cellular coverage in hospitals nor do they interfere with medical equipment. Continue reading