cybersecurity

By  Stuart Hanson 02:08 pm February 26, 2021
For decades, investors, startups and a broad host of established players have viewed healthcare as ripe for innovation. However, the industry has been challenged by the momentum of the status quo – the scale, complexity, volume and ingrained practices that all need to change to wring out some much-needed efficiency. As we were taught in physics class, the more momentum something has, the more...
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By  Dave Muoio 02:39 pm February 9, 2021
A recent report testing the security capabilities of several mobile health apps highlighted "systemic" shortcomings and vulnerabilities that could lead to the exposure of users' sensitive health and identity information. Conducted by cybersecurity marketing firm Knight Ink and sponsored by mobile app API security company Approov, the investigation reverse-engineered 30 mobile health apps using an...
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By  Sara Mageit 05:10 am November 17, 2020
A 2020 Pharmaceutical Threat Report by mobile cybersecurity specialists, Lookout, has examined the challenges healthcare providers are facing. They have revealed company and employee-owned endpoint devices are providing the gateway for cybercriminals to exploit these services through mobile phishing, application threats, and network-based attacks. WHY IT MATTERS Collated from Lookouts customer...
By  Dave Muoio 11:48 am September 15, 2020
Medigate, a startup focused on cybersecurity for medical devices and other connected health products, has announced $30 million in Series B funding, bringing the company's lifetime raise to $50 million. Partech led the round, which also saw participation from Maor Investments and prior backers YL Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners and Blumberg Capital. WHAT IT DOES Medigate's platform secures ...

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By  Tammy Lovell 05:43 am June 10, 2020
London-based digital firm Babylon Health has admitted that a data breach occurred that allowed a patient to access recordings of another patient’s consultation via the GP at Hand app. The app, which has more than 2.3 million UK users, allows members to book medical appointments, access a triage chatbot and have consultations with NHS doctors via smartphone video call.  A Babylon spokesperson says...
By  Dave Muoio 10:29 am April 7, 2020
CyberMDX, a connected medical device and clinical network security firm, announced this morning that it has collected $20 million in new funding. The latest investment brings the startup's total raise to $30 million in total funds. It was headed by Sham (Relyens Group) with participation from prior backers Pitango Venture Capital and Qure Ventures. WHAT THEY DO The company's healthcare...
By  Dave Muoio 11:56 am March 4, 2020
The FDA is warning of new cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting Bluetooth Low Energy communications technology used in certain medical devices. According to the agency, the issue could allow unauthorized users to wirelessly crash a device, prevent it from working or access functions limited to its users. The FDA says the vulnerabilities – referred to as "SweynTooth" by the researchers who...
By  Dave Muoio 03:56 pm January 31, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. While there are no shortage of technical approaches for hackers targeting a healthcare organization, the fact of the matter is that many attacks start with doctors, administrative workers and the other employees who might not have cybersecurity on the mind. This approach, often referred to under the umbrella term of “social...
By  Jeff Lagasse 04:11 pm December 10, 2019
With the Internet of Things and connected medical devices, poor cybersecurity poses risks to both patient safety and the infrastructure that keeps hospitals running. It’s an ongoing challenge for healthcare security professionals. What makes it such a challenge is that the hospital environment is a very different beast than it once was. Clinical delivery has moved from a palliative care model to...