Covid-19 has nearly taken an entire year with its horrors and much more, the generation has seen the worst pandemic after years and now threats from different nation-states and criminals to the health system are a growing concern worldwide as drastic changes in the real world have major impacts on the advancement of the cybersecurity in the health landscape.

The huge logistical challenges of rolling out vaccines face the risk of disruption to complex supply chains. Criminal ransomware poses a threat at a time when the pandemic has increased our reliance on technology.

Supply Chain

The Coronavirus vaccine distribution has begun and may bring help to many people but also brings a big challenge. Despite having the vaccine’s side effects on its own. No one knows that it can relate to cybersecurity in the past. Complex global supply chains for vaccines range from factories in one country to refrigerators connected to the Internet. This will eventually create new pressure on doctor’s operations, IT systems, and sometimes small providers play an important role.

IBM has said it has seen alleged state hackers targeting “cold chains” which are used to maintain inventory at the right temperature during the vaccine transportation. And in England, the national cybersecurity center, which worked quickly when the pandemic began securing vaccine research since then claimed its efforts on the vaccine distribution.

At least a large pharmaceutical company is no stranger to cyber espionage. Their security official said they first began to think hard about this problem after a large espionage campaign back in the spring of 2010. But the problems around the pandemic have changed the interests of this sector, especially in cybersecurity.

The problem is now at a bigger stage. In July, England accused Russian intelligence to target research, including for Oxford vaccines, while the US accused the hacking-per similar role of China. Tonya Ugoretz, the FBI also told the Aspen Cyber ​​Summit recently said that this “could be a reason to try to steal intellectual property for financial purposes.” He also added that “it can damage trust … or to benefit the development of other countries. We see the enemies of our countries most determined not only rely on one method to target the supply chain but combine cyber by using more traditional espionage and sources Humans. ” Read: SLEEP APNEA PATIENTS COULD BE AT ADDITIONAL RISK WITH COVID-19

The emergence of “vaccine nationalism” has led intelligence and security officers to ask questions about whether other countries can try and damage other people’s efforts in the future. One tactic that is widely discussed is the dissemination of deliberate information online about vaccination, or questioning the record of safety and testing a country.

The 77th British Brites have supported the investigation of the cabinet office about whether foreign countries encourage anti-vaccine worries in the UK.

Cyber-Blackmail Campaigns

Experts say despite having worries about countries that ransomware criminals – threats remain persistent that their data and computers will be locked unless they pay.
It was seen during the start of the Pandemic that from the beginning of the pandemic that the criminal gang would not target health, but it could not survive and some attacks occurred.

Recent reports from a positive technology security company also said that almost half of all the virtual world attacks on health services were Ransomware in the July-to-September-September-September quarter of 2020. US hospitals have been worse hit than in the UK. It is estimated that because criminals see them as richer than their NHS colleagues. In just 24 hours in October, six American hospitals received a pledge of a minimum of $ 1 million (£ 810,000), which leads to some cancer treatment canceled, this is a worrying threat to security. And compromise the health sector at a very large level.

“The health care sector has become a large, rich, juicy target,” Greg Garcia, executive director for US Cybersecurity from the Health Sector Coordination Board, recently said.
“As if they moved from the financial services sector.” The UK has paced to improve weakness in the NHS system exposed by Wannacry Ransomware 2017 attacks. Even so, there is a concern that can be beaten again.

Former doctor NHS said Abed had long warned about the security risk of health so that such an attack could kill patients. He further said, “The thing that really concerns is that the attacker now understands the concept of clinical urgency.” In addition, “they understand if we create risks that interfere with the ability to provide patient care, we are more likely to get payments.” The concern is that the pandemic has accelerated the digitization of health.

It has brought benefits such as online consultation, Dr. Saif shows concern that the investment needed to maintain the system and the internet-connected device is still safe not to run. But he said the greater risk is the fact that more devices are connected together while remaining vulnerable, which leads to the risk of domino effects.

The biggest concern is that criminals moved from only locking organizations from their health data to start damage it can pose extreme risks for their patients and security because the desire to curb the coronavirus outbreak can also expose or leak broader data. It can also lead health to be the first priority in cybersecurity in 2021.