About two years have passed since ransomware attacks WannaCry. They were attacks that had become well-known as they trapped medical buildings and organizations worldwide. It seems, however, that the medical and hospital industry have realized the seriousness of the situation and have taken appropriate measures to do so. According to Kaspersky, there has been a significant reduction in the number of medical devices that have been attacked this year.
According to company statistics, 2017 hospitalized devices were 30%, 28% 2018 and this year it is 19%. Of course, according to Kaspersky, this is not a decrease seen everywhere. In particular, the majority of medical devices in Venezuela, the Philippines, Libya and Argentina are still being targeted.
The truth is that after such a loud attack like WannaCry, one would expect everyone to be well-informed and equipped. However, many countries are failing to ensure the state of their medical equipment. Usually, attacks are received by hospital units in countries that either do not make the necessary predictions or do not have the necessary cybersecurity information.
According to Kaspersky's research, 1 told 10 executives that it is not aware of the organizations' cybersecurity policies.
The head of its research and analysis team Kaspersky RussiaYury Namestnikov said medical facilities have many Appliances, some of which are portable and connected to Internet. A technology is also being developed that will allow doctors to perform interventions in the future. As Namestnikov said, these are really valuable steps, but they will create new work areas for Cybercriminals.
Thus, it is imperative that appropriate action be taken, because any attacks may endanger human lives. Healthcare providers are called upon to control who will have access to servers and data. The hospital is a public place and a former employee, for example, if he still has credentials which he used while working in the hospital could cause irreparable damage.
But in any case, awareness of cybersecurity is essential for all medical staff.