The potential security crisis presented by rapid telehealth rollouts

Healthcare IT News

Kat Jercich

Experts say the coronavirus pandemic acts like "blood in the water" for cybercriminals looking to exploit tech vulnerabilities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked an unprecedented upswing in the use of telehealth technologies. But security experts say that rise presents vulnerabilities – and the crisis is "blood in the water" for cybercriminals.

"Any time you make a change to an IT environment, you have the potential to increase risk," said Andy Riley, executive director of security strategy at the managed-security-services vendor Nuspire.

"When you introduce rapid change, that potential goes up rapidly," Riley continued.

A "perfect storm" for cybercriminals

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