Ransomware and malware attacks have become a nightmare for the hospitals and institutions, hitting the data platform now and then breaching the policies and extracting the data. Internal data breaches are commonplace. Risk-laden network links with external agencies and the data breached are so sensitive that they can be used for illegal purposes on the Dark Web. Security weak spots are discovered in legacy systems by the Clinicians working around medical device security protocols expose chinks of vulnerability in the IoMT.
Anyone building a picture of the state of cybersecurity in healthcare globally would struggle to find encouragement for the beleaguered hospital CIO, with many organizations apparently unable to break out of a reactive cycle and shift to more proactive defense strategies. Bold statistics do little to improve the anecdotal picture. In April, the U.K. Department of Health and Human Services reported 44 healthcare data breaches for the month, a record. The fact that the number of individuals affected decreased by almost 29% from 963 lakh people to 686 lakh people.
The data breached can be used for taking hefty ransoms for kidnapping and they can be used for killing some famous political leaders using their metabolic weakness as a weapon against them. Now the question may arise, how long are we going to suffer due to the mere carelessness of the government while dealing with the data handling? The internal security is also a matter of concern when it comes to the security of the citizens residing in a nation.