Around 82% Health Systems Experienced IoT Cyberattack: Report

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Medigate, clinical device data security and integration platform, today announced it has launched a research collaboration with CrowdStrike, a cloud-delivered endpoint and workload protection provider.

Titled “Healthcare IoT Security Operations Maturity — A Rationalized Approach to a New Normal,” the paper highlights recent cyberattack trends, including the increase in ransomware, and emphasises the need for Healthcare Delivery Organisations (HDOs) to harden their security infrastructures via a renewed focus on defense fundamentals.

Marking a raise in cyberattacks during the pandemic, multiple sources cited in the paper indicate that roughly 82 percent of health systems experienced some form of IoT cyberattack. Around 34 percent of the reported attacks were ransomware and 33 percent reported paying the ransom. Also, only 69 percent of those that paid the ransom reported having their data fully restored.

This paper explores the policy debate surrounding ransomware payments in a context that includes emerging cyber-insurance considerations and the fact that no standard for detailing attack restoration costs yet exists.

Jonathan Langer, Co-Founder and CEO of Medigate, said “HDOs require a unified security approach to defend against evolving threat landscapes.”

“As sophisticated threat activity continues to accelerate and the number of medical devices connecting to hospital networks increases, the healthcare industry continues to be a prime target for threat actors,” said Drex DeFord, executive healthcare strategist with CrowdStrike. “HDOs must implement a modern, layered-defense strategy that continuously improves visibility, incorporates EDR, and includes containment capabilities so that they can accurately detect, respond and prevent sophisticated attacks.”

The research partners have joined to deliver an integrated solution that provides comprehensive visibility and strengthened protection for all managed and unmanaged devices in HDO environments. The companies are recharging existing HDO asset management and security infrastructure.