Feds warn against cybersecurity risks associated with automation in healthcare

HHS issued a brief Dec. 8 warning healthcare organizations about the cybersecurity risks associated with automation.

Five things to know:

  1. Examples of automation in cybersecurity include machine learning and artificial intelligence, penetration testing, and automated intelligence collection.

  2. HHS said using automated technologies can help healthcare organizations detect threats more quickly and fill gaps in the cybersecurity workforce. However, hackers could also find automation useful in their exploitation of healthcare organizations.

  3. Hackers may use automated software to identify valuable information like credit cards and passwords from their victims. 

  4. Hackers may also use automation to advance to the next phase of their breach more quickly.

  5. Healthcare organizations, however, can use automation to build detections for browsing behaviors and collect visitor logs in order to prevent these attacks.

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