Healthcare Breaches Affected Nearly One Million US Patients: The Security Risks of Medical IoT

Check Point Software Technologies

Over the month of March, nearly one million people in the United States had their medical files exposed in data breaches, according to HIPAA Journal. And after a ransomware attack forced a medical center in Michigan to close it is evident that healthcare organization’s become an attractive attack target among hackers.

The reason for that is clear: the vast amounts of personal information that hospitals and other healthcare organizations store and transfer electronically. This valuable data can be used to obtain expensive medical services and prescription medications, as well as to fraudulently acquire government health benefits.

The proliferation of IoT medical devices (IoMT) will increase security vulnerability in hospitals and clinics in an proportionate manner. This means that a new paradigm is ...

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