Unprotected Hospital Endpoints Could Spell Disaster

Securing endpoints in healthcare environments is challenging. Hospital systems have thousands of workstations used by many different personnel, in addition to personal and work-issued mobile devices. These devices have access to patient data, and send data over different networks to patients and between healthcare systems.

Network-connected medical devices also bring another point of entry to a hospital’s environment and patient data. Keeping them up-to-date with the latest versions of plugins, operating systems, browsers is critical for healthcare IT admins. Additionally, there is the use of applications which are dependent on software versions that commonly targeted by hackers. It only takes one outdated device, for a hacker to exploit a known vulnerability, install malware, steal passwords and/or gain access to an entire healthcare system and patient databases.

If medical staff are unable to access certain data, patients’ well-being can be put at risk. Hackers are well-aware of this fact. According to Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review, hospitals get hit with 88 percent of all ransomware attacks. Upon infection, these facilities have few data retrieval options. If their backup has also been infected, or if they don’t have a backup, they may have no choice but to pay the ransom or lose their files.

Endpoint Intrusions

“Cybercriminals can gain access to hospital devices.”

Cyberthreats can, and have, targeted medical end points.

Ransomware isn’t the only cyberthreat facing health care organizations. Hackers are often after patient health data, which can be sold on the dark web to identity

Unexpected Downtime : How Enterprises Tackle Such Situations

Unexpected downtime, especially due to cyber-attacks is a costly endeavor, and it’s poised to get costlier yet. In 2015, researchers estimated that businesses collectively suffered damages of approximately $400 billion per year, due to unexpected downtime resulting from cyber-attacks. By 2019, that number is expected to reach $2 trillion.

Part of what makes this so frustrating is just how easy it is to succumb to a cyber-attack. All it takes sometimes is one employee to let his or her guard down. It could be a particularly busy day, and among the deluge of emails, someone might accidentally click on a malicious link, or execute a macro embedded in a Word document sent from an unknown source. In doing so, they might be executing ransomware, or unknowingly aiding a hacking group that is trying to create a backdoor trojan so they can monitor network activity and siphon out data.

“Time, money and effort will still be spent on remediation.”

In a worst-case scenario, the problem will go unnoticed until it’s too late, at which point maximum damage will be sustained. In a best-case scenario, the employee will contact an IT staff member immediately, and the team will get to work fixing the problem right away. But even in this case, it means the possibility of unplanned downtime, and a day that becomes awash with unforeseen tasks for the IT department. Time, money and effort will still be spent on remediation, and this is not ideal.

How Automated IT Maintenance Can Benefit Aviation

In 2015, computer science researcher Chris Roberts claimed to have hacked a plane to the extent that he was able to very briefly change its course. The incident is still shrouded in some doubt as to whether or not it really did occur; however, it’s a frightening prospect nonetheless.

In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently began reconstructing its framework for testing an aircraft’s vulnerability to hacking. The decision follows in the wake of what Nextgov’s Aliya Sternstein referred to as “verified network intrusions at FAA and airports worldwide, along with claims of in-flight hacks.”

“Airliners are on hackers’ radar.”

Furthermore, it’s not just in-flight intrusions that are cause for concern. Traveler database and self-help kiosks stationed in airports are also susceptible to cybercriminals. Whether the end goal is theft of travel documents or other personally identifiable information, this much is certain: Airliners are definitely on hackers’ radar.

The Need for Automated IT Maintennce

Airline/ Aviation operations are highly protocol oriented. Regular maintenance schedules and comprehensive checks are a standard practice in their operational environments. Besides endpoint cybersecurity, rigid authentication and unwavering vigilance – all of which are already in use by airlines – it makes sense to automate IT maintenance as well, given the operational dependency on their IT infrastructure.

Authorized technicians need to have a secure way to oversee the various endpoints used in aviation, including any computing equipment used in the cockpit for navigation and communication, as well as rugged/ mobile computers used for airplane diagnostics in hangars. This can

Efficient ways to Protect Law Enforcement Systems

Federal and local law enforcement personnel need consistent connectivity and access to critical information at all times, especially if they are on the go. The rugged computers in squad cars can experience downtime due to minor system issues, that could inhibit access to police databases. Availability of timely IT support is very difficult in such scenarios.

What’s more, law enforcement agencies are just as susceptible to cyberattacks as any private company. There’s no shortage of examples of ransomware and malicious malware negatively impacting operations for local police forces. When there are people’s lives on the line and criminal investigations at stake, there’s simply no time for these types of setbacks. It’s therefore vital that law enforcement agencies streamline maintenance of their IT systems.

To that end, there’s actually a really simple method by which a computer management solution like Faronics Deep Freeze can help law enforcement better manage their IT infrastructure.

Independent Troubleshooting for Field Computers

“With Deep Freeze, troubleshooting is never a shot in the dark.”

The rugged mobile computers that officers use in patrol vehicles are extremely important for even the most routine traffic stops. These dash-mounted displays let officers run plate numbers on the the go, match up descriptions for stolen vehicles, identify wanted pedestrians and more. If these computers become infected with malware, or if they experience a system misconfiguration that causes them to function improperly, field officers don’t have the convenience of submitting an IT helpdesk ticket. They need on-the-spot remediation.

This is precisely why the