Hasty rush to cloud hosting during COVID-19 crisis could set stage for 'cyberpandemic'

Healthcare IT News

Mike Miliard

The speed and scale at which healthcare orgs have had to embrace cloud hosting, often without proper due diligence, could lead to lasting risks and vulnerabilities for a much bigger attack surface, according to new report from security vendor Vectra.

"The COVID-19 pandemic is spurring adoption of cloud services across all industries as they rapidly pivot to support remote work and collaboration. This is particularly true for healthcare providers at the front line as they leverage remote access and cloud analytics to scale operations. While the pandemic will likely dissipate, the long-term impact for healthcare providers is likely to be profound – leaving business leaders and security professionals tasked with protecting an attack surface that to date has been uncharted."

That's according to the new 2020 Spotlight Report on Healthcare, a study from security vendor Vectra, which develops network threat-detection and response technology.

According to the report, the rush to scale up cloud services in order to manage the myriad new demands imposed by pandemic carries...

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