Latino health companies use equipment with old programs, user data is at risk

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Health institutions in Peru, Colombia, Chile and Mexico have reported data leaks and ransomware due to lack of equipment updates

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Latino health companies use equipment with old programs, user data is at risk

Illustration of an outdated operating system. (photo: JC Magazine)

The medical devices with outdated operating systems they are used by healthcare organizations in Latin America, mainly due to high upgrade costs; this according to the Kaspersky global survey whose objective was to analyze cybersecurity trends in the transition to telehealth.

According to the report, seven of every ten (71%)Healthcare providers use medical devices with outdated security-based operating systems that provide operating system updates. This is due to the high price of upgrades (39%) or compatibility issues (14%) and lack of upgrade information (21%).

As a result, they admitted that they were have experienced the following incidents:

– 22% have experienced data breaches.

-12% had DDoS attacks.

-19% fell victim to ransomware.

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What happens in each country

– Peru

Ssix in ten (60%) healthcare providers are currently using medical equipment with an outdated operating system.

Reasons for this include the cost of updates being too high (40%) or not having the knowledge on how to update them (40%). As a consequence, 20% of those surveyed in Peru admitted that their organization had already experienced incidents such as data leaks.

In terms of cybersecurity, no Peruvian medical worker (0%) indicated trust fully in the ability of your organization to solve this type of mishap.

– Colombia

Fiveout of ten (50%)use medical devices with outdated operating systems. This, as in Peru and the rest of the countries, is due to too high update costs (30%) or compatibility problems (10%) and lack of update information (10%).

Latino health companies use computers with old programs, user data is at risk

Cyberattack. (Photo: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

– Chile

The report indicates that when it comes to the security provided by operating system updates, 100% of healthcare providers use medical equipment with an outdated operating system.

The reasons include the cost of upgrades being too high, compatibility issues, and not having the knowledge on how to upgrade with rates of 66.7%, 22%, and 22% respectively.

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– Mexico

Seven out of ten ( 73.3%) use medical equipment with an outdated operating system. The problems are the same mentioned in all cases with percentages of 26.7%, 20% and 20%.

Latino health companies use computers with old programs, user data is at risk

Illustration of an obsolete operating system. (Photo: Bit Life Media)

How to minimize cyberattacks caused by outdated and unpatched systems

– Provide employees basic cybersecurity training, as many attacks start with phishing or other social engineering techniques.

– Perform a network cybersecurity audit and resolve weaknesses found at the perimeter or within the network.

– Implement anti-APT solutions (Threat Advanced Persistent) and EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) that enable timely threat detection and detection, incident investigation, and remediation. Providing the SOC (Security Operations Center) team with access to the latest threat information is important and needs to be regularly updated with professional training.

– In addition to EDR, services Specials can help protect against advanced attacks. Managed detection and response tools help detect and stop attacks in their early stages, before attackers reach their targets.

– Harden systems already in use across medical devices that are updated infrequently.

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