Cyber Attacks: In the Healthcare Sector

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As the healthcare sector continues to offer life critical services while working to improve treatment and patient care with new technologies, criminals and cyber threat actors look to exploit the vulnerabilities that are coupled with these changes. The following blog series will explore one MS-ISAC analyst’s thoughts on today’s sources of frustration for healthcare IT and cybersecurity specialists.

The healthcare industry is plagued by a myriad of cybersecurity related issues. These issues range from malware that compromises the integrity of systems and privacy of patients to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which disrupt facilities’ abilities to provide patient care. While other critical infrastructure sectors experience these attacks as well, the nature of the healthcare industry’s mission poses unique challenges. For healthcare, cyber attacks can have ramifications beyond financial loss and breach of privacy Each link below leads to a discussion of that unique attack, including real life examples of how it manifested, the damage and disruption they caused or could have caused if not handled properly, and suggestions on defending against or mitigating each type. 


Data Breaches

DDoS Attacks 

Insider Threat 

Business Email Compromise & Fraud Scams

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the types of attacks hospitals face, but a summary of some of the major and most costly incidents affecting hospitals. The next blog post in this series will look into some of the reasons why the healthcare sector faces additional challenges compared to other sectors when it comes to cybersecurity. 

This entry was posted in Healthcare on February 08, 2017 by MS-ISAC
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