How to Keep Telehealth Secure

HealthTech

Brian Eastwood

The National Cyber Security Alliance offers tips to protect patients’ trust in virtual care. Telehealth has been a lifeline for many healthcare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, but broader access to virtual care has also contributed to increased security challenges. Cybercriminals have been exploiting the pandemic from the beginning. A report released last fall by SecurityScorecard and DarkOwl noted an increase of more than 140 percent in mentions of telehealth-related keywords on the dark web in the third week of March 2020. Potential vulnerabilities in these systems include poorly secured endpoints, networks and IP addresses, along with uninstalled patches. What’s more, consumer videoconferencing applications are prone to hacks that compromise patient privacy, researchers from Harvard Medical School wrote in December...

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