Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Washington Post investigates cybersecurity issues for health care

To ring in the holidays, the Washington Post discusses security vulnerabilities in health care computing.  While all computing systems have risks and benefits, this article describes the risks in the context of other sectors such as the financial industry.
“I have never seen an industry with more gaping security holes,” said Avi Rubin, a computer scientist and technical director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University. “If our financial industry regarded security the way the health-care sector does, I would stuff my cash in a mattress under my bed.”

Let's not run for the hills yet though.  The good news is that, in private, many stakeholders agree there's a problem that needs fixing.  It's a start.  Time to make some New Year resolutions for improved medical device security.