While healthcare professionals have been ramping up to protect and serve patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, bad actors have also been upping their efforts. We’ve seen cyberattackers target healthcare groups and hospitals worldwide – the World Health Organization reported they’ve seen a fivefold increase in attacks.
At the same time, we’ve seen the attack surface of healthcare organizations grow, as many organizations moved much of their operations to a remote model. This sudden shift required rapid implementations of new hardware, software, and procedures, and with no established playbook to follow, almost everyone was forced to figure it out largely on their own.
The Hill recently reported that, Tonya Ugoretz, the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, said during a presentation “that many of the hackers have a ‘desire to gain insight’ into COVID-19-related research and that the ‘rapid shift to telework’ has opened up a huge amount of cyber vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit.”
We recognize the dilemma that many healthcare IT and security professionals find themselves in – how to keep things running, while shutting down access to attackers? While there is no miracle vaccine to inoculate the network against cyberattackers, there are a number of measures that can be taken to manage the hospital’s exposure to risk. That’s why, we thought now was a good time to take a step back and talk about what’s next.
A panel discussion, “The Cybersecurity Remedy: How Healthcare Security Professionals Can Reduce Risk,” is set for May 26th, 2020 at 1:00 to dig into what to do next. The panelists will look at:
- Which of the emergency measures that were put into place need a closer look (from a security perspective). And which are here to stay.
- How attackers have modified their approach to the current dynamics in healthcare? And what to look out for.
- What the “new normal” may look like. And what to put in place to prepare.
We hope you will join Rapid7’s Senior Manager of Sales Engineering, Joe Agnew; Principal Advisory Services Consultant, Mike Cole; Offering Manager, Justin Buchanan; and Medigate’s VP of Systems Engineering, Stephan Goldberg, as they discuss how healthcare professionals can prepare for the still-uncertain future.