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Warning that US hospitals ‘most vulnerable to cyberattacks will be more devastating than 9/11’ after the Covid

One expert worries that US hospitals are more vulnerable to cyberattacks than 9/11.

Professor Scheherazade Rehman, Director of the European Union Research Center (EURC), warns that the healthcare sector has been “exacerbated” by Covid-19 Disease.

Professor Scheherazade Rehman, Director of the European Union Research Center (EURC), warned that the US health system has been ``exacerbated'' by the Covid pandemic.

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Professor Scheherazade Rehman, Director of the European Union Research Center (EURC), warned that the US health system has been “exacerbated” by the Covid pandemic.Credit: Getty
Expert warns that an attack on the healthcare system will be more'paralyzing' than a terrorist attack

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Expert warns that an attack on the healthcare system will be more ‘paralyzing’ than a terrorist attackCredit: AFP

Rehman said financial institutions have upgraded their cyber defenses over the past decade — unlike healthcare.

She told The Sun: “We don’t have anything that banks are doing in healthcare settings from hospitals to healthcare delivery centres.

“If your card is hacked, the bank can block the card and transfer the number.

“But you can’t change your blood type, you can’t change if you have cancer, you can’t change your date of birth or your DNA. Health care information after being hacked cannot be restored.

“Simply changing someone’s date of birth would be enough to disrupt the entire US online health system, and fixing it would be very, very difficult.”

Experts say that a potential cyber attack on organizations would be more “paralyzing” than a terrorist attack.

She added: “September 11 was a shocking event. It was traumatic because we had never seen anything like it before.

“However, the real disruption to people, companies, and governance systems will be a cyber attack.”

In June 2017, the Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force warned in a report that healthcare cybersecurity is in a “crisis”.

“Healthcare cybersecurity is a major public health concern that requires immediate and active attention,” the filing states.

Researchers at computer hardware company IBM says that the average healthcare company takes about 236 days to detect a data breach and 93 days to mitigate the damage.

This compares with an average of 207 days to identify and 73 days to prevent a cyber attack.

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Analysts at Brookings Institution believes that “the fate of healthcare security” depends on whether investments in cybersecurity are made.

Just as it is a responsibility of a healthcare professional to seek to identify and treat a patient’s underlying chronic conditions before they cause a serious medical emergency, so Responsible healthcare organizations must also address vulnerabilities in their digital infrastructure to prevent cyberattacks.”

Concerns about a potential cyber attack on American institutions are growing amid the crisis in Ukraine.

Department of Homeland Security officials warn that the United States is “on high alert” for a potential cyber attack from Moscow.

Rehman believes an attack on the US is “very likely” if the crisis in Eastern Europe escalates.

Pentagon officials warned on Friday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would lead to “terrible” consequences.

Moscow has amassed about 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border – something Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he had not seen in four decades.

“A US response would likely produce what we believe would be the world’s first large-scale cyberwar,” Rehman said.

WE IN ‘WARFARE CLAUSE’

“The Russian have been doing pre-location and cyber-espionage operations – meaning they’re setting up holes in our infrastructure, meaning when they’re ready, they can release. It may not necessarily be tomorrow. “

RP Eddy, CEO of cybersecurity firm Ergo, warned that the US was in a “state of war” with Moscow, Fox News report.

He told the governors: “What is Russia’s next move? [It’s] most likely an increase in cyber attacks. It was an easy move for them.

“We are in a state of war right now and we need to be aware of that.”

Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), warned that officials are taking any impact of a potential Russian invasion “very seriously.”

Researchers fear that the'fate of healthcare security' depends on whether the investment is made

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Researchers fear that the ‘fate of healthcare security’ depends on whether the investment is madeCredit: AFP
Fear of a cyber attack on US soil is growing during the Eastern European crisis

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Fear of a cyber attack on US soil is growing during the Eastern European crisisCredit: EPA

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