By Rene Kolga
The headline of this recent article in Sophos’ excellent Naked Security blog, “Nearly half of hospital Windows systems still vulnerable to RDP bugs”, is both alarming and run-of-the-mill. Alarming because about half of connected hospital devices remain vulnerable to the BlueKeep Windows flaw nearly a year after it was reported. But it’s not exactly shocking. I wouldn’t be surprised if a new healthcare industry data breach makes headlines before I finish writing this post.
That’s why we’ve invited Michael Osterman, President of Osterman Research, to lead our March 5th webinar to preview the findings of his firm’s latest research into why healthcare is one of the most highly targeted industries, and how healthcare providers and payers can harden their cybersecurity defenses.
Webinar: “Cybersecurity Challenges and Solutions in Healthcare”
- Thursday, March 5th | Noon PDT (3:00 PM EDT)
- Follow this link to register to attend
The Worsening Threat Landscape
Michael will present the topline findings of the research that will lead off the new whitepaper entitled “Cyber Security in Healthcare”, including that hospitals account for one-third of data breaches in the U.S. The Osterman research calls out BEC attacks, initiated through successful phishing and other attacks, as one of the key factors behind the rampant cases of data theft, snooping, and unauthorized access to patient data that are plaguing the industry.
These attacks result in numerous negative outcomes for healthcare companies, including:
- Disruption in healthcare delivery and lost business
- Recovery costs
- Reputational damage
“We expect cyber criminals to tighten the screws on ransomware to increase the likelihood of ransom demands being paid by healthcare providers, target supply chain firms to quickly amplify the pain of an attack across healthcare ecosystems, and compromise increasingly vulnerable medical devices(including wearable or implantable medical devices),” adds Osterman.
What to do?
After delivering the bad news, Osterman will explain how any healthcare provider can implement the necessary triad of people, process and technology offer effective approaches for mitigating risks, reducing threats, and hardening security defenses.
Follow this link to register to attend, and we will email you a placeholder for your calendar. Additionally, after the webinar concludes, we will send you a complimentary copy of the new Osterman white paper.
If you have questions you would like Michael to answer, please send them to us via Twitter direct message: @Nyotron.