Think Unified helps small hospitals secure their network fro m hackers and protect patient

If you work in the Medical Field in the Dallas area, by now you’ve probably learned that partnering with an IT Support Firm is crucial to protect your Medical Practice from cybercriminals. But more recently it has been found that these computer hackers can actually lead to the death of patients staying in hospitals. How? Well, the hacker just simply takes over the computer system responsible for tracking the delivery and management of medicine. Although no patient deaths have occurred from hacking events yet, the fact that this is possible should be eye opening to doctors who have an unprotected network at their office.

Newly released reports have shown that "patient health remains extremely vulnerable" as medical professionals focus more on trying to keep medical records safe and fail to acknowledge the danger that hackers pose to patients’ safety.  "There is no question that this is an important factor in protecting patients' interests," the Baltimore-based ISE report says, while adding that "patient health is the more serious concern and has been overlooked far too long."

Researchers found a number of nightmare scenarios that could occur, mostly as a result of a hacker manipulating systems to report false information. Doctors could perform emergency procedures after seeing incorrect readings from a compromised heart monitor, or a device could be taken offline completely so a nurse would not notice when a patient is under duress. And medicine delivery systems could be hacked to deliver the wrong or too much medicine to a patient.

While investigating, the ISE Team explained that it was extremely simple to hack into a hospital web server and find several patient monitors connected to the network, giving them the ability to sound false alarms, display the wrong vitals, or disable the device completely; the ISE team was even able to hack into the hospital network from a vendor kiosk in the lobby.

"There were often no security measures employed for detecting wither rogue or malicious devices had been connected to the network," the report says. "Meaning an adversary could simply walk up and plug in to the network in order to gain access."

Think Unified, an experienced IT Security Firm in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, understands the security needs of small and medium sized doctor offices and can provide you with data backup services and up-to-date software to ensure that cybercriminals don’t cause you to lose data or endanger the lives of your patients.