With the hospital and health sectors' attack surfaces wide open, it's surprising that more isn't being done to educate staff on proper cybersecurity hygiene. The attack surface is compounded by the exponential expansion of the IoT and lack of up-to-date BYOD protocols. HIPAA and patient record privacy are a moot point when unpatched vulnerabilities in applications are exploited by bad actors. The health-care industry as a whole needs to move toward a more cybersecurity-centric culture as the physical and cyber environments continue to merge.
The point of this easy to intellectually digest book series is to introduce basic cybersecurity with nursing informatics, hospital information technology, HIPAA compliance, and health IT. When health sector staff can more easily identify spear phishing, spoofed browsers, and other malicious enticements by hackers, each organization will be less prone to breaches. Bad actors are becoming more targeted, stealthy, and creative with their exploit kits and zero days. Ransomware, RATs, Droppers, and drive-by downloads are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the adversaries' attack arsenals for invading the health-care division of our nation's critical infrastructure.
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