Cybercrime-proof hospitals

For a month or more now, hospitals have become prime targets for cyber criminals.

The global pandemic has made cyber-malmeasmaning behaviour even easier. Indeed, more and more people are confining themselves to prevent the spread of viruses, this containment will increase telework and other activities aimed at making maximum use of digital services and the Internet. This massive use of new technologies is a boon for our dear pirates who revel in them and make the most of them.

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the the first victims of this phenomenon are health institutions and health medical research laboratories. And this unfortunately does not date yesterday."State of alert in the Hospitals. Under great stress due to the pandemic, institutions are seeing a new front: cyberattacks. Taking advantage of the crisis, several groups of hackers specifically target hospitals and, more generally, companies active in health. several cyberattacks have just taken place abroad. In Switzerland, (for example) hospitals are stepping up their protections against attacks that can lead to devastating. "Anouch Seydtaghia, a journalist with the media French time.  

On the other hand, hospitals must fear ransomware the most. These malwares that did enough damage last year to hospitals and other health facilities. It is already recalled that in 2019, in the United States, nearly 764 hospital structures were victims of computer attacks with ransomware. The figures were confirmed by the New Zealand cybersecurity company named Emisoft. The medical and financial consequences have been enormous. Emisoft's technical director, Fabien Wosar, said: "The fact that there were no ransomware-related deaths in 2019 was luck.

And that chance may not last in 2020." The reasons for the attraction of hospitals to hackers is that these structures are quite weak in terms of security. Whether it is the construction of the computer park, the organization of data or the security through the various security protocols, several shortcomings have been identified and continue to be identified. Not to mention the lack of staff awareness, which is in most cases the weak link in the chain.

In Switzerland today, hospital structures are on increasing alert, especially in this context of increased computer attacks. "Computer security is a priority activity to ensure the smooth running of the CHUV. This is true at all times, and we work in collaboration with the federal exchange platform Melani, but our vigilance has increased by a level in the health context that we are currently experiencing," explains Sébastien Basan, head of IT governance at the Lausanne-based hospital. He later noted that IT services must "mostly adapt to the nature of attacks, rather than to an increasing number of attempts. Hackers change their attack profiles based on the context in which they operate. ». Regarding the means most used by hackers these days, Sébastien Basan highlights the idea of what he calls social phishing, which he considers to be "one of the techniques widely used these days with the Covid-19". With this technique, hackers will no longer force the front door. They will proceed by manipulation to gain the trust of vulnerable people such as employees. Through this process, they will be able to access the computer system very easily through corrupt links that they will make available to people who fail to fool.

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