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2018 predictions: Healthcare security breach

As we all have become aware, 2017 was a free for all when it comes to security breaches.  There were countless phishing scams, ransomware, state-sponsored attacks and new forms of attacks that all made headlines and shook us to our boots. However 2018 means a new year and a new us! Right? Well we hope so, but thus far the the outlook isn’t in our favor.

Recently a VP at Tripwire gave his predictions for 2018 and our security in the online world. The prediction does not bring bright bearings, in fact it seems 2018 may be quit ill.

The Tripwire VP predicts that healthcare security will be breached, due to the ever growing vulnerability in medical devices and electronic healthcare records. 2018 is expected to have hospitals, insurers and healthcare manufacturers in the sights of hackers  and cybercriminals.

It is expected that the healthcare industry is not prepared for the kinds of attacks that may come, with things like the WannaCry incident and the UK NHS.  Not all ransomware is noisy and boisterous which is where the real danger may lie for the healthcare industry.

In relation to the healthcare being a target for 2018, there is also a lot of talk about the cloud, and it’s  potential security abuse over the horizon in 2018. It should come to no surprise that since cloud technology is still pretty new, that defending the cloud is still a process in the works. We should not be taken by surprise when there is another cloud data management leak, and should be cautious until they have developed a stronger, more prominent protection for cloud storage. There is talk of security becoming up to date near the end of 2018 for this form of technology, but until then we may see leaks of credentials and misconfigurations, as well as other exploited vulnerabilities.

Let’s all learn from the mistakes of not only ourselves, but each others, and make 2018 predictions like this nothing but a false alarm! If you need help with your online presence, give us at Re2tech a call and lets discuss your security options and optimizations! 

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