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IT Attacks in the Healthcare Industry

Cybersecurity, also known as computer security or IT security, is the field of protecting computer systems from theft of information, damage of hardware, software, or data, the disruption of services through denial-of-service attacks or the misdirection of services through botnets. The field of cybersecurity is rapidly growing in importance as the world increasingly relies on the Internet and wireless networks, computer systems, smart devices, and the many other devices that make up the Internet of Things.

There are many different vulnerabilities, exposures, and attacks that companies should be aware of, including backdoors that allow bypassing of security, denial of service attacks, direct-access attacks, eavesdropping, phishing, privilege escalation, social engineering, tampering, spoofing through use of emails, IP addresses, Media Access Control addresses, and biometric samples, and the new type of multivector, polyrhythmic cyber threats, classified as fifth-generation cyberattacks.

All types of computer systems are at risk, and the number is only getting bigger, including financial regulators and institutions, telecommunications, the power grid, nuclear power plants, energy companies, utilities, industrial equipment, the aviation industry, consumer devices such as personal computers and mobile devices, large corporations, increasingly computerized automobiles, government and military systems, medical devices and hospital systems, the energy sector, and the Internet of Things.

IT executives and other interested parties who are in the healthcare field and are looking to gain information on the pandemic of cyberattacks that they are facing should download and read this whitepaper.

This whitepaper addresses how the healthcare industry has neglected cybersecurity even though it is very advanced technologically, and cyber criminals have discovered that the healthcare sectors are a vulnerable source of money. It discusses some of the alarming attacks that have taken place in the healthcare industry, the goes on to explain how health organizations can avoid threats and prevent attacks.