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The impact of cybersecurity on the medical profession under Covid-19 

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

With the impact of Covid-19, the working patterns of the community have been changed, it was not only affecting citizens, but also the overall network system of many enterprises or organizations.

Health care system obstacles under Covid-19

Hospitals and medical institutions bear the brunt of the outbreak, Covid-19 has affected hospitals and healthcare-related organizations around the world, including the World Health Organization's computer systems since 2019.

The hacking of the computer systems of medical organizations not only reveals the information of a large number of patients but also interferes with or even paralyzes the hospital system. In 2020, a pneumonia testing facility at a Czech hospital was encrypted, resulting in the tragic death of a patient who had been delayed. In the same year, Germany's Dussedo University Hospital was also hit by a hacking attack and unable to accept patients, resulting in their loss.

The impact of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority

Hospitals and the Hong Kong Hospital Authority are also under a lot of threats. Last year, HA intercepted more than 50 million phishing emails and five ransomware attacks, fortunately, none of which caused any damage.

As the outbreak continues to recur around the world, more and more pharmaceutical companies have been developing vaccines. Check Point, a U.S. software technology company, estimated that hospitals and medical facilities around the world are more likely to suffer from cyberattacks in the second half of this year, especially as double ransomware attacks become more powerful and thus increase their threat.

The systems of hospitals and medical institutions store a large number of patients' data and medical records, which are sensitive and should be well protected. With the increased number of attacks, system protection should be strengthened.

The easiest approach is to update the firewall and anti-virus software regularly. Companies with a large number of guest personal data should install a security information and event management system (SIEM) on their network systems.

StormEye's SIEM is launched for this purpose, 24 hours to collect and analyze data on the system to monitor potential anomalies and malicious activity, once the abnormal situation occurs, the system will transmit alerts to administrators to reduce the risk of intrusion.

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