Healthcare and Pharmaceutical


  • 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 ...

  • HHS task force wants cybersecurity treated as a patient safety issue

    June 2, 2017

    The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force today released the final version of its cybersecurity report, calling on the government to write policies that would help healthcare organizations boost their defenses—a need made even more evident after last month’s WannaCry ransomware attacks. The final report, which was mandated by the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2016, ...