Cybersecurity: A Time Bomb for European Radiology
Five months on from the crippling impact of the WannaCry cyberattack that affected one-fifth of U.K. hospitals and many other health providers across Europe, let’s revisit the crucial topic of cybersecurity. Where do we stand today? What should be done to limit risk? And what does it mean for European radiology?
As the dust settled after the WannaCry attack, a few clear lessons were evident. Firstly, the root of the crisis was related to the lack of a security “patch” being administered at affected sites — ultimately an error many IT administrators had overlooked. Legacy applications and hardware running on dated or now unsupported operating software were most commonly fallible, either not having had their security updated or had not been adequately separated from the wider network.
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