Duo Security Research Shows Malware Risk In Healthcare

ANN ARBOR — Officials at the Ann Arbor access security provider Duo Security have released new research on nearly 250,000 mobile devices, PCs, and Macs in the healthcare sector.

They said half of those devices were running out of date versions of Flash, which are susceptible to vulnerabilities and malware like the Cerber or Locky ransomware strains.

With Duo, healthcare organizations protect themselves from risk of ransomware in a single step. Duo provides IT administrators with visibility into all out-of-date devices used to access patient information in on-premises or cloud applications, such as Epic, Citrix, Outlook Web Access, and Office 365. Administrators can then use this information to prevent out-of-date devices from gaining access to those applications, significantly reducing the attack vector.

Attackers target doctors’ and other healthcare workers’ out-of-date devices to install malware that encrypts patient information. Attackers use ransomware to encrypt patient information and demand financial payments to hand that data back over to healthcare organizations.

In other news, Drummond Group LLC, approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration for certifying EPCS (electronic prescribing of controlled substances) approved certification organization, has confirmed that Duo is able to help institutional practitioners meet EPCS two-factor authentication compliance requirements.

As more and more hospitals move their prescription process to electronic platforms, new DEA EPCS guidelines were created to best secure access to those electronic prescription applications and help reduce fraud and error in prescription medications.

Duo Security is a cloud-based trusted access provider protecting the world’s fastest-growing companies and thousands of organizations worldwide, including Dresser-Rand Group, Etsy, NASA, Facebook, K-Swiss, Paramount Pictures, Random House, SuddenLink, Toyota, Twitter, Yelp, Zillow, and more. Try it for free at http://www.duo.com.

Drummond Group LLC is a global software testing lab and certification body founded in 1999. Visit http://www.drummondgroup.com/services/epcs-certification for more information.

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