Careless health care cybersecurity puts patient info at risk, says Washington Post


A new report from The Washington Post says that while the US health care industry might have some of the country’s most sensitive personal information, failure to use rudimentary safeguards like disk encryption and password protection means it has some of the worst information security — “about like retail,” according to a government IT security specialist. “It is an industry with the least regard, understanding and respect for IT security of any I’ve seen,” said Johns Hopkins researcher Avi Rubin.

“It was possible to hack a secure drug-dispensing cabinet from a web browser.”

While hospitals might not provide the same juicy target for hackers as financial institutions, the array of personal information in patients’…

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