When it comes to cybersecurity, healthcare organizations need to know how to proactively protect medical devices from bad actors. In a recent panel hosted by BD, three healthcare security professionals came together to discuss this and other important cybersecurity topics.

Over the past couple of years, the monetization of ransomware has motivated cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. Whereas data recovery might mitigate the ransomware risk in other industries, in the healthcare sector, the safety net of an encrypted data locker doesn’t always solve the problem. When hackers target a medical device, health systems pay the ransom to save a human life, according to [Eric Decker, assistant vice president and chief information security officer at Intermountain Health].

Another trend in malware is cybercriminals targeting security companies and adding malware to the code of third-party security programs.

“There’s an economy of the attackers breaking into an environment and selling access,” said [William Landry, vice president of technology innovation at the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System]. According to him, organizations must determine the conduits and amount of access that third parties have to company assets. Assessing and controlling this access is an important consideration for business owners working with third parties.

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