Following the news of three more hospitals being hit by ransomware, Brian Spector, CEO of MIRACL comments:

Brian Spector, CEO, MIRACL:

“Public institutions like hospitals are a key target for hackers because they hold such a treasure trove of personal data. In the US, the potential bounty is even larger, due to the additional layer of financial transactions taking place. But that’s not to say that UK hospitals are safe.

Hospital IT systems are notoriously fragmented and complex, with networks crossing wards, laboratories and offices. They are also among the most vital and important in any organization – because if their systems go down, people’s lives may be at risk. For this reasons, criminals may believe hospitals are more likely to succumb to ransomware demands than other organizations, and target them more as a result.

What’s clear is that any networked system is vulnerable to a cyber-attack, and that organizations need to constantly evaluate and improve their defense configurations. It’s as true for hospitals as it is for the Web itself, where the efforts of hackers are becoming bolder and more frequent. We believe that the security challenge is a problem that can’t be patched. The best thing to do is start over with a new system which distributes trust across multiple points instead of continuing to provide single points of compromise”
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