Overcoming Healthcare’s Cybersecurity Challenges


Vishal Salvi

Recent cyber-attacks against COVID-19 vaccine development facilities highlight a broader issue with healthcare security globally. In July 2020, an espionage group known as APT29 targeted several healthcare organizations which are involved in COVID-19 vaccine development in Great Britain, Canada and the United States. It is believed that the hacker group aimed to steal information related to vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus.

However, the issue is not limited to COVID-19. A recent study in the JAMA Network estimated that, on average, it takes nine years and nearly $1bn to bring a new drug to market – clearly a tempting target for cyber-criminals and nation-state hacking groups. However, it’s not just drug formulas, the confidential personal data stored by healthcare organizations is also of significant...

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