Healthcare and Pharmaceutical


  • Medicare data leaks, but who was breached?

    July 4, 2017

    Medicare numbers in Australia became a lot less useful as a proof-of-identity, with the Australian Federal Police investigating how an unknown number of records ended up for sale on a Tor site. The report first surfaced via The Guardian’s Australian site, with journalist Paul Farrell reporting he purchased his own record for around AU$30 on the ...

  • NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

    June 29, 2017

    A lack of accountability and investment in cyber-security has been blamed for the recent WannaCrypt virus that hobbled multiple hospital NHS IT systems last month in England, a report by The Chartered Institute for IT concludes. The report, published today, comes following a similar, but more limited attack against UK-based companies as the result of the ...

  • Call for investment in NHS cybersecurity

    June 20, 2017

    A “massive” increase in spending is needed to prevent another “avoidable” cyber attack on NHS computer systems, an expert has warned. A ransomware attack hit 11 health boards in Scotland last month, as well as many other organisations worldwide. Prof Bill Buchanan told MSPs the attack should act as a “wake-up call” to the government and health ...

  • Federal task force: Here’s how to fix healthcare cybersecurity

    June 6, 2017

    A federal task force released its long-awaited cybersecurity recommendations report Friday evening. The far-reaching report from the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force was mandated by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. The task force convened 21 wide-ranging stakeholders in medical cybersecurity, ranging from device manufacturers to hospitals to consumer advocates. Workforce issues are the “most foundational problem” for ...