Insider Report: Healthcare Security Woes Balloon in COVID-Era

COVID-19 healthcare security

As hackers put a bullseye on healthcare, Threatpost spotlights how hospitals, researchers and patients have been affected and how the sector is bolstering their cyber defenses.

In 2020, the healthcare industry began a massive shift, as legacy cybersecurity issues merged with new security challenges spurred on by the spread of COVID-19.

Even before the pandemic, the medical arena wrestled with major cybersecurity challenges, including insecure medical devices, protecting patient data and supporting outdated legacy equipment. COVID-19 has forced budget-strapped hospitals to address those systemic issues, and at the same time spurred new priorities around the digitization of healthcare services, telehealth rollouts and fending off an uptick in ransomware attacks.

EBook Spotlight on Healthcare-Cybersecurity Crisis

Starting today, Threatpost kicks off a spotlight series on cybersecurity issues impacting the healthcare industry during the era of COVID-19. In it we explore the impact of cybercrime on hospitals and researchers racing for treatments and ultimately on patients.

Complimenting our focus is a Threatpost eBook Healthcare Security Woes Balloon in a Covid-Era World that neatly packages our complete in-depth report on the topic. Portions of the free eBook will be available online starting with Healthcare in Crisis: Diagnosing Cybersecurity Shortcomings in Unprecedented Times

Healthcare Security in the COVID-19 EraThreatpost’s eBook examines these inherent security challenges, as well as how COVID-19 has drastically reshaped the healthcare space over the past year when it comes to security risk. We look at the top weaknesses in healthcare organizations that cybercriminals are exploiting, how attackers are reinventing the wheel when it comes to cyberattacks on hospitals – and what this means for the healthcare industry in 2021 and beyond.

Relevant to All Sectors Impacted by COVID-19

The healthcare sector isn’t unique. Overnight, the COVID-19 crisis has changed the way companies in all sectors and regions do business. This Threapost spotlight series and eBook is relevant to any industry forced to reinvent themselves overnight – thanks to the coronavirus.

Security defenders are actively working on implementing best practices and technology solutions to protect their industries – whether it be healthcare, financial or energy. Our focus on healthcare. But safeguarding customer data, intellectual property and fending off ransomware attacks have all gotten more complicated against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Understanding what the risks mean for hospitals at the day-to-day level, and how healthcare security teams can implement best practices to protect doctors and patients, will serve any organizations well in the COVID-19 era, and well into the future.

We hope you will enjoy our in-depth look at the problems, the cybersecurity heroes and solutions discussed in our upcoming series and complimentary eBook.

Download our exclusive FREE Threatpost Insider eBook Healthcare Security Woes Balloon in a Covid-Era World , sponsored by ZeroNorth, to learn more about what these security risks mean for hospitals at the day-to-day level and how healthcare security teams can implement best practices to protect providers and patients. Get the whole story and DOWNLOAD the eBook now – on us!

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Discussion

  • DAVID D GEER on

    Covid-themed phishing attacks are effective because concerns over the disease are top of mind. People can be tempted to click before they think when they read about the availability of vaccines and testing or outreach concerning contact tracing. Consumer and employee education on these phishing messages is critical.

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