Weekend reading: HHS Office of Information Security presentation on security risks in AI, 5G, nanomedicine, more

Earlier this month, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Information Security’s Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center issued a presentation/paper that discussed the cybersecurity risks for healthcare organizations in implementing artificial intelligence, 5G cellular, nanotechnologies in medicine (nanomedicine), ‘smart hospitals’, and quantum computing.

Each area is defined, benefits listed, and then security concerns.

Highlights of the cybersecurity risks:

  • AI: requires very large collections of data in order to learn; privacy and security concerns regarding personal health information (PHI); de-identified data can be re-identified (as TTA posited several years ago!)
  • 5G overlaps with IoMT (internet of medical things) tech: both devices and data need to be secured end-to-end as they connect to the network and on devices themselves; design and implementation of the software in medical devices should include a specification of cybersecurity features and validation of those features; regular updating needed
  • Nanomedicine: remote connectivity leading to ransomware and the disruption of nanotechnology devices with theoretically fatal consequences; weaponized inhalable particles as a delivery system for bioterrorism
  • Smart hospitals: an expanded attack service; considerations same as above; resilience and continuous monitoring critical
  • Quantum computing: affects all cryptographic algorithms, requiring review and updating of those that are part of  information infrastructure

Emerging Technology and the Security Implications for the Health Sector (34 slides)  Also Becker’s Health IT

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