5 cybersecurity challenges facing healthcare delivery organizations

Security Magazine

Daniel dos Santos

Healthcare Delivery Organizations (HDOs) are arguably the most pressured organizations in 2020, not only needing to treat the many patients infected by coronavirus, but also defend themselves against a growing number of cyberattacks targeted at their industry.

HDOs present an appealing target to attackers because of high-value patient and medical data, as well as a low tolerance for downtime that could prevent patient care, which makes them likely to pay ransoms in order to recover systems. In the first half of 2020 alone 41 providers reported ransomware attacks, following on a warning from Interpol in April that it had detected a significant increase in the number of attacks against hospitals and other healthcare institutions.

Securing HDO networks presents a number of unique challenges, including...

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