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It’s Time for a Check-up: Cyber Security in Australian Healthcare


Cybersecurity in Healthcare 2.0

Cybersecurity in healthcare is becoming a major concern as technology continues to transform the industry. With innovations like electronic medical records and telehealth appointments enhancing our lives, we also face a growing issue – increasing cybersecurity risks. It’s a topic that’s vital for individuals and businesses alike in our digital age.

No Longer Just a Distant Threat 

Cyber threats are real, and they’re closer than you think. For example, Australia’s healthcare sector saw an 84% rise in cyber incidents from 2019 to 2020. Why? Well, healthcare systems hold a lot of personal data. This makes them attractive to cybercriminals. A successful attack can disrupt services and cost a lot of money. Even worse, it can expose your private health details. 

When Cyber Security Hits Home 

Imagine this: one of your family members is among the 11.6 million hospitalisations in Australia during 2021-22. You’re already worried about their health. But what if their sensitive health data isn’t safe? Older technologies in healthcare facilities can expose personal data. So, a health crisis can quickly turn into a privacy nightmare. 

Staying Safe: Tips for the General Population 

  • First, know your healthcare provider’s data protection measures. 
  • Second, ask how your data is stored and protected. 
  • Lastly, make sure your personal devices used for telehealth have updated security software. 

The Path Forward: Proactive Measures 

To deal with these growing threats, we need to be proactive. That means not just reacting to breaches, but preventing them. Services like Penetration Testing and Incident Response help us respond to threats quickly. Plus, standards like ISO 27001 ensure our sensitive data have robust safeguards. 

Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility 

Better cybersecurity in healthcare is everyone’s job. We need to understand the risks and take steps to stay safe. Ask your healthcare providers about their cybersecurity measures. Make informed choices about who you trust with your data. 

Cybersecurity in healthcare isn’t just a tech issue – it’s a personal one. After all, it’s about protecting our health, our privacy, and our loved ones. 

Ahmed Khanji

Ahmed Khanji

Ahmed Khanji is the CEO of Gridware, a leading cybersecurity consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. An emerging thought leader in cybersecurity, Ahmed is an Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University and regularly contributes to cybersecurity conversations in Australia. As well as his extensive background as a security advisor to large Australian Enterprises, he is a regular keynote speaker and guest lecturer on offensive cybersecurity topics and blockchain.


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