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Cybersecurity for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

A Guide to Detection and Prevention

Authors: Ayala, Luis

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  • A one-of-a-kind action plan describing how hackers attack hospital and healthcare facility equipment, the extent of damage possible, and how to respond when a cyber-physical attack occurs
  • One of few books on cybersecurity that address cyber-physical attacks directed against hospital and healthcare facilities and equipment
  • Introduces concepts such as hospital cyber-attack vectors (e.g., removable media, email, supply chain, cyber-drone, and more)
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About this book

Learn how to detect and prevent the hacking of medical equipment at hospitals and healthcare facilities. A cyber-physical attack on building equipment pales in comparison to the damage a determined hacker can do if he/she gains access to a medical-grade network as a medical-grade network controls the diagnostic, treatment, and life support equipment on which lives depend.

News reports inform us how hackers strike hospitals with ransomware that prevents staff from accessing patient records or scheduling appointments. Unfortunately, medical equipment also can be hacked and shut down remotely as a form of extortion. Criminal hackers will not ask for a $500 payment to unlock an MRI, PET or CT scan, or X-ray machine—they will ask for much more.

Litigation is bound to follow and the resulting punitive awards will drive up hospital insurance costs and healthcare costs in general. This will undoubtedly result in increased regulations for hospitals and higher costs for compliance. Unless hospitals and other healthcare facilities take the steps necessary to secure their medical-grade networks, they will be targeted for cyber-physical attack, possibly with life-threatening consequences.

Cybersecurity for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities is a wake-up call explaining what hackers can do, why hackers would target a hospital, the way hackers research a target, ways hackers can gain access to a medical-grade network (cyber-attack vectors), and ways hackers hope to monetize their cyber-attack. By understanding and detecting the threats, you can take action now—before your hospital becomes the next victim.

What You Will Learn:

  • Determine how vulnerable hospital and healthcare building equipment is to cyber-physical attack
  • Identify possible ways hackers can hack hospital and healthcare facility equipment
  • Recognize the cyber-attack vectors—or paths by which a hacker or cracker can gain access to a computer, a medical-grade network server, or expensive medical equipment in order to deliver a payload or malicious outcome
  • Detect and prevent man-in-the-middle or denial-of-service cyber-attacks
  • Find and prevent hacking of the hospital database and hospital web application

Who This Book Is For:

Hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, hospital & healthcare facility engineers and building managers, hospital & healthcare facility IT professionals, and HIPAA professionals

About the authors

Luis Ayala is a Senior Technical Expert in the Department of Defense responsible for design, construction, and operation of Intelligence Community facilities worldwide. He is a licensed architect and holds a classified Master of Science in Technology Intelligence Degree from the National Intelligence University.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Hacker Reconnaissance of a Hospital Network

    Ayala, Luis

    Pages 1-8

  • How Hackers Gain Access to a Healthcare Facility or Hospital Network

    Ayala, Luis

    Pages 9-18

  • Active Medical Device Cyber-Attacks

    Ayala, Luis

    Pages 19-37

  • Medical Facility Cyber-Physical Attacks

    Ayala, Luis

    Pages 39-45

  • Hospital Insider Threat

    Ayala, Luis

    Pages 47-51

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-2155-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $44.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-2154-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cybersecurity for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
Book Subtitle
A Guide to Detection and Prevention
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Luis Ayala
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-2155-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-2155-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-2154-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 129
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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