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Connected devices, legacy systems leave hospitals wide open to cyber attack

April 25, 2019 / Nathan Eddy

The spread of Internet-connected medical devices, combined with insufficient access controls, has helped enable a rapidly growing attack surface that's highly vulnerable to cyber attack. WHY IT MATTERS Those were among the findings of a healthcare security report published by network detection specialist Vectra, which also warned of unpartitioned networks and the reliance on legacy systems. Lapses in the proper implementation of a security plan, or gaps in policies and procedures, could also result in errors by staff members, creating a soft spot for attackers to exploit. These are all vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cybercriminals bent on stealing personally identifiable information and protected health information – activity that could also play havoc disrupting healthcare delivery processes. The study, based on network traffic data monitored by Vectra over a six-month period, found the most prevalent method attackers use to hide command-and-control communication...