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Healthcare systems are subject to hacking

wargames-hackerHospitals, clinics, trusts and insurers are under a barrage of cyberattacks but the healthcare section does not seem to be spending enough money to protect itself.

According to ABI Research, cybersecurity for healthcare protection will only be worth $10 billion by 2020, while other sectors such as financial and defence are coping.

ABI said “the healthcare industry is drowning” because of attacks from malicious online agents and a lot of companies and organisations in the sector are failing to modernise to take account of current threats.

Michelle Menting, a practice director at ABI, said: “Cybersecurity for healthcare is still a small fragmented market but the potential opportunities for expansion are large and will continue to grow as healthcare organisations increasingly come under cyberfire.”

She said a few startups such as TrueVault and FireHost are targeting the healthcare sector and building a niche for themselves. There are also managed services and cloud apps from companies like NetFortris and ID Experts.

Panda blamed for healthcare hack

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 15.29.14A report said that investigators into a hack at US healthcare firm Anthem are blaming the Chinese government for the breach.
Bloomberg, which said it has spoken to three people on conditions of anonymity, claim the hacks are to provide the Chinese government with data on government workers and others.
Hackers managed to grab as many as 80 million details of Anthem’s customers.
The wire is blaming an espionage unit dubbed “Deep Panda” for orchestrating the attack.
China consistently denies that it hacks into organisations or into other countries’ computer systems.   It’s widely believed, however that many countries, including China, have cyber warriors testing others’ systems.
“Deep Panda”, if it exists, is alleged to have made hacking attacks on contractors and other health care companies over the last few months, Bloomberg alleges.
The investigation into the Anthem attack is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Anthem has not yet explained the vulnerability in its IT systems which allowed its data to be hacked.

 

Healthcare has its head in the clouds

Every silver has a cloudy liningAdoption of cloud technology in the healthcare section in Europe will be worth $1,275.6 million by the end of the decade according to a report from Frost & Sullivan.

Last year, the European market was worth $390.5 million and is expected to steadily grow between 10 to 30 percent in the next five years.

The cloud is good for cost efficient services for documentation, storage and sharing patient information, the report said. Government moves to create healthcare information exchanges have given the cloud market in Europe and the USA a boost.  In addition, quick deployment and easier management of IT staff are other perceived advantages of using the cloud.

But the move to the cloud is being hampered by a lack of standardisation in legacy systems, meaning that data migration is both expensive and cumbersome.

And there are also concerns about data preservation, security and portability, meaning that when healthcare IT buyers sign up with cloud service providers there must be service level agreements to guarantee reliability and data portability.