Viewpoint: Why hospital cybersecurity strategies fail

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” Lawmakers, too, ought to be considering how to support the healthcare sector in these undertakings by supplying funds to public medical facilities for this function and establishing clear security standards and requirements, so that health centers have strong incentives to make much-needed enhancements and are able to do so,” she wrote.

Cybersecurity should be strengthened amongst hospitals and health systems now more than ever as health services progressively move to remote and online formats, according to Josephine Wolff, PhD.

Jackie Drees –
Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

In an Oct. 17 op-ed for The New York Times, Dr. Wolff, an assistant cybersecurity policy professor at Medford, Mass.-based Tufts University, highlighted problems with hospital cybersecurity: “Hospital networks are infamously insecure due to a combination of inadequate resources, a lack of efficient and clear cybersecurity guidelines and the a great deal of systems and individuals associated with running a hospital, all of whom require some degree of access to its network,” she composed.

In addition to network insufficiencies, Dr. Wolff also composed that due to the fact that medical facilities rely on customized equipment, such as ventilators and MRI machines, they should make sure that the customized devices works with more secure software application. The update procedure can often be expensive and sluggish, which is why some continue utilizing old software application that is more vulnerable to attacks.

Hospitals and clinics are now dealing with remote care and intensive care system capacities at high levels due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so they should re-evaluate their computer networks and increase protections to prevent their services from being disrupted by malware or their patient information being stolen, according to Dr. Wolff.

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