Smart buildings present a unique healthcare cybersecurity threat

Healthcare IT News

Bill Siwicki

The virtual and physical realms are becoming increasingly enmeshed through the world of the Internet of Things. The rate of Internet connections is outpacing companies’ abilities to secure them.

As a result, a large driver of cybercrime is the least-protected networks and systems found in the healthcare information technology world – building automation, or smart building technology.

For example, hackers stole 40 million credit card numbers from Target by getting into the retailer’s internet-connected HVAC systems. And in another example, hackers got access to a North American database by way of a web-connected fish tank.

These scenarios shed light on the ways that operational tech, such as...

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