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Healthcare Is A Cyber Criminal’s Dream, But It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

HIT Consultant

Vidya Murthy, Chief Operating Officer at MedCrypt

Healthcare is a cyber criminal’s dream. It presents the intersection of a data treasure trove, weak security posture, limited resources, complicated supply chain, and patient care delivery. When faced with having to pick a priority to optimize for, healthcare will, of course, always pick delivering healthcare. This means that when tradeoffs must be made and resources are limited immediate patient care is prioritized over anything else.

A great example of this is looking at how connectivity evolved in medical devices. Initially, devices got an ethernet port because providers could enhance care delivery with limited connectivity across functional islands. These newly connected devices were isolated in a trusted network maintained by the healthcare delivery organization (HDO). This evolved into more complex...

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