Monday, February 13, 2017

Health and cybersecurity must go hand in hand

A year ago, today...

Science and technology increasingly go hand in hand and there are several cases of cyber attacks to health centers in recent months. The safest places for the health sector should be the safest technological places too, but not always both go hand in hand. Sometimes it is the health professionals themselves who perform unsafe actions, such as lowering the volume of the alarm to inaudible levels or even deactivating them, causing a potential danger to the patient.

Like every Monday, we get into the time machine and go back a year, to take perspective and see how we have developed in science and health in cybersecurity issues. There was a very important case on the subject: an important discovery based on the study of the genome of an African ancestor who lost bellow when it was known that it was due to a software failure.
The authors of the Science Paper research, which claimed to have found traces of genes from Middle Eastern farmers in western and central African ancestors, had to be retracted. An incompatibility error between two software packages caused some genetic variants to be erased from the analysis and the conclusions were erroneous. An example of software errors can have large drafts for human history and culture.

Although a year ago there was also talk of car robbery in Baltimore. The thieves, kids, synchronize their phones via Bluetooth with the car stereo, obviously they did not realise of the mistake they had done. When they finished the petrol of the car, they left it abandoned but the telephones were stored. One of them matched the name of an account on Instagram.

Another great news we highlighted was the presentation of theWorld Report on Encryption Products, by researchers Bruce Schneier, Kathleen Seidel and Saranya Vijayakumar. They analyzed 865 hardware and software products from 55 countries and concluded that backdoors in encryption products were useless.

Another project that promised so much but stayed in little was the initiative of Lauren Weinstein. The well-known American technology expert and activist threw the first stone: he denounced that the Let's Encrypt certificates expired after 90 days"While ensuring that they are automatically renewed, this is not the case for all systems, and some can not be upgraded manually so often, especially if there are many machines." In addition, he said, "when the certificate expires the notice is exaggerated." We recommend you read the discussion it generated at that time.

As we have seen many of the problems or news of the past have not changed much but we must continue with the investigations not to let cases that affect our health are repeated, at least if they are clearly avoidable.



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