Can hackers take over respiratory systems in hospitals?
Ermetic's CBO and Co-Founder Arick Goomanovsky writes for Maariv about how hospitals can protect themselves from the next cyber attack.
Ermetic's CBO and Co-Founder Arick Goomanovsky writes, in a leading Israel online media publication, about how hospitals can protect themselves from the next cyber threat. The total cost of a cyber attack last October at a local hospital came to a devastating 36 million shekels (over $10 million). Just one tenth of that spend could have gone instead to putting in place a cyber defense solution that would have prevented or at least minimized the scope of the healthcare facility's painful cyber attack.
Penny wise and pound foolish is too often the security reality for healthcare organizations, which face hard budget choices and may not be fully aware of the danger that ill-configured permissions and identities can pose to their growing cloud environments -- and how, although avoidable, they may easily lead hackers in through the front door.
Imagine that you, or someone close to you, is about to undergo complex surgery. A few hours before start of the procedure, the hospital is attacked by hackers who take over its computerized medical systems and threaten to disconnect the operating room ventilators at the push of a button.