Almost all UK healthcare organizations have been affected by cyber attacks

The likelihood of cyberattacks on healthcare facilities leading to loss of life is increasing, according to a new study.

A recent report by security analysis firm Obrela Security Industries indicates that two-thirds (65%) of cybersecurity officials among UK healthcare organizations believe loss of life could occur as a result of cyber attacks on their devices. systems.

Obrela surveyed 100 respondents in the UK and found that 81% of them had suffered a ransomware attack in the past year alone. Among the victims, 38% paid the ransom demand to get their data back, while 44% chose not to pay the ransom and as a result lost the data.

Two-thirds were forced to cancel in-person appointments in the wake of the attack, also saying the attacks could lead to the deaths of patients.

In the Obrela Q3 Digital Universe Study, a quarterly summary of attacks targeting Obrela customers over the past three months, the company said attacks on healthcare IT infrastructure increased by 30% compared to the second quarter of the year.

In the past three months, healthcare organizations also experienced 36% more email security threats, 24% more insider attacks, and 20% more perimeter breaches.

For George Patsis, CEO of Obrela Security Industries, the results should serve as a call to action for the security community and the UK government.

“Organizations need to re-evaluate their security against operational resiliency and their ability to achieve expected results against adverse cyber events. Rather than trying to buy the latest security technology, we need to understand that cybersecurity is not a product; it’s a process, ”he said.

“Therefore, we need to increase the visibility of digital cyberspace, control access, identify malicious activity, and respond to security threats and vulnerabilities before they become problems.”

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