Industry Voices—How to tackle the influx of telehealth cybersecurity threats amid the pandemic

Fierce Health

Ashish Gupta, Bugcrowd

Many healthcare organizations quickly adopted telehealth programs out of necessity at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding their attack surface with the integration of new technology such as mobile telehealth apps and wearable heart rate and blood glucose level monitors.

What’s more, nearly half of security researchers (48%) believe the healthcare industry is the most vulnerable industry to cybercrime during the unfolding global crisis. This opens up opportunities for potential devastation as cyberattacks in healthcare can compromise not only networks and data but also threaten the applications and services supporting critical patient care systems. Such malicious activity has already and may continue to contribute to serious life or death situations.

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