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Security first – hospitals prime targets of cyberattacks

Interview with Professor Miriam Föller-Nord, Dean of the Faculty for Computer Science, Mannheim University of Applied Sciences

05/02/2019

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Professor Miriam Föller-Nord, Dean of the Faculty for Computer Science at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences

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Nowadays, many processes, especially data management, run digitally – also in hospitals.

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In most cases, the cyber attacks on hospitals are blackmail attempts using Trojans to encrypt all data.

Products and exhibitors dealing with cybersecurity and hospital IT

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To protect data and devices in hospitals from unauthorized access, manufacturers must make the software secure right from the start. But hospital staff must also be educated accordingly.

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