Vince Arneja, GrammaTech
The healthcare industry has been fighting a war on two fronts during the COVID-19 pandemic against the virus and an outbreak of cyberattacks. The Department of Health and Human Services says the sector reported a 9,851% increase in cyberattacks in 2020 compared to 2019.
Cybercriminals see healthcare organizations as “soft targets” that are not as well defended; they need to be accessible to users and have heavy traffic of files and records, which leave multiple attack vectors open for criminals. In addition, healthcare is in the midst of a technology expansion, with explosive growth in Internet of Things (IoT) connections, patient portals and telehealth.
All these new medical technology applications run…