WannaCry: Top 5 ways hospitals can prevent Cyber-attacks

The Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) published Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents. These techniques implement protection for medical devices in the healthcare industry. As of April 2013, the Australian Government has mandated these top 4 ways of disrupting a cyber intrusion from taking place under your watch. These include:

Whitelisting is a proven method of blocking unauthorised applications from running on network devices and systems. When implemented correctly, malicious software is unable to infiltrate the system.

Patching your system’s operating system and applications using a small piece of software designed to fix or update computer programs and quickly - i.e. within 48 hours of a threat - protects against vulnerabilities that cyber attackers can take advantage of. Patching was the approach taken by Minnesota’s St. Jude Medical to address the vulnerabilities of their implantable heart defibrillators and pacemakers under attack.

Restricting administrative privileges within your network to only those authorised to do so minimises the chance of a compromised system, and keeps networked tasks away from Internet linked malware infections.

A defence-in-depth system combining all aspects of these strategies strengthens your defence against cyber attacks.

However, the only physical product on the market designed to specifically protect against medical devices for healthcare providers, government bodies, manufacturers and cyber security consultants is Cyber-Nexus. As your weapon against cyber criminals, Cyber-Nexus shields your devices from the irreparable economic and social consequences of cyber attacks like WannaCry.

Learn more about how Cyber-Nexus can protect you and your patients.