A new report from US cybersecurity firm, Armis Security, has revealed that millions of medical devices in NHS Trust hospitals across England are vulnerable to ransomware attacks. Many of these devices are incapable of running security software or rely on out-of-date versions and are often unmonitored. Criminals can potentially use devices, such as security cameras or blood monitors, to access entire hospital systems.
Out of 150 NHS Trusts in England that Armis Security sent Freedom of Information requests to only 71 responded. The responses revealed one in five hospitals use spreadsheets to manually track networked medical. Of these devices, almost one in six are not monitored for cybersecurity risks at all.
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