Although publicly disclosed security incidents targeting healthcare decreased by 78% in the fourth quarter of 2017, the sector experienced a dramatic 210% overall increase in incidents in 2017. McAfee analysts found that many incidents were caused by organisational failure to comply with security best practices or address known vulnerabilities in medical software.
The analysts looked into possible attack vectors related to healthcare data, finding exposed sensitive images and vulnerable software.
“Healthcare is a valuable target for cyber criminals who have set aside ethics in favour of profits,” said Christiaan Beek, McAfee lead scientist and senior principal engineer.
“Our research uncovered classic software failures and security issues such as hardcoded embedded passwords, remote code execution, unsigned firmware, and more.
“Both healthcare organisations and developers creating software for their use must be more vigilant in ensuring they are up to date on security best practices,” he said.
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