Healthcare to become a bigger target
In 2017, the healthcare sector overtook the public sector with the amount of cybercrime incidents reported. As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes increasingly embedded in healthcare, the risk of a cyber-attack is more prevalent than ever. Data theft attacks are the most common in healthcare. In May 2017, the NHS was brought to a standstill, with patient records and booking systems under lockdown from the so called WannaCry ransomware.
These kinds of attacks on healthcare are set to be persistent throughout the course of 2018.
Why? It all starts with a phishing scam.
It only takes one employee to click one link within a spoofed email to install malware on the endpoint. Via the internet, the malwares spreads like wildfire through the network, disabling and holding ransom all connected endpoints.
Once the network has recovered from the attack, The Independent worryingly reports that,
“These phishing attacks can also develop into “advanced persistent threats” against healthcare networks. These occur when malware enters a health network and remains there unnoticed while keeping in contact with the attacker. From there it can spread throughout the network, even if the original download is detected and removed. Then it can steal data and direct network traffic to the attacker so they can see exactly what is happening in the system in real time.”
The sophistication of present day cyber-attacks is unnerving and therefore businesses should take full advantage of the protection out there today.