MedStar has been covering most of the Cyber Security news headlines in the past quarter; and for all the wrong reasons. It has created so much havoc, even the FBI issued an alert last week.
So why are hospitals being attacked?
- A low percentage of their IT budget is being spent on data security
- A very small number of IT specialists focused on data security
- The low level of prioritisation of data security
As all health records are maintained electronically, the attackers use this to their advantage. As the inability to view a patient's record could result in a potential death, this forces a very high probability of a 'pay-out'.
The FBI have advised not to succumb to the attackers demands, and refuse to pay the ransom. However, how long can organisations such as hospitals stand-by and refuse patients treatment?
All of this limelight poses the inevitable questions:
Could this wave of attacks hit the UK?
Is the UK prepared for such an attack?
...digs onto victims’ pockets... Crowti, Tescrypt, Teerac, and Locky have been very active...