Digital Health Cybersecurity Round-Up

June’s cyber security news round up features NHS Highland apologiing following reports the email addresses of almost 40 people who have HIV were made public by mistake. Elsewhere a report has suggested the healthcare cyber security market is on track to reach £21.5bn ($27bn) by 2025.

NHS Highland apologises for ‘patient data breach’

NHS Highland has apologised following reports that email addresses of almost 40 people who have HIV were made public by mistake.

It is understood the 37 patients in the Highlands, Scotland, were able to see their own and the others people’s addresses in an email from NHS Highland, the BBC is reporting.

The email reportedly contained an invitation to a support group run by a sexual health clinic at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

NHS Highland said it “deeply” regretted the breach of confidentiality and said the health board had contacted each patient and apologised to them.

Healthcare cyber security market on target to reach £21.5bn ($27bn) by 2025

The healthcare cyber security market is on track to reach £21.5bn ($27bn) by 2025, a market report has predicted.

The Global Market Insights report, also predicts that cloud-based solutions are expected to grow around 20%, Pharmaphorum is reporting.

This is due to increasing concerns surrounding data security, the report adds.

The report also predicts a 19% growth in network security.

Report reveals healthcare organisations are still using outdated systems

A report has revealed healthcare organisations are still using outdated computer systems – putting themselves at serious risk of cybersecurity breaches, data theft and ransomware.

The report was carried out by Forescout and involved 75 healthcare deployments with more than 10,000 virtual local area networks (VLANs) and 1.5 million devices.

Out of those, 71 per cent of devices run on the 10-year-old Windows 7 system, IT Pro Portal is reporting.

Charity apologises after emails were made public online

A charity which supports transgender children and young people has apologised after thousands of emails were made public online.

A report by The Sunday Times claimed the emails contained  “intimate details”, names and addresses, but the charity denies this.

In an official statement on the Mermaids UK website, the charity claimed that the emails were from 2016 and 2017, and that they were searchable only “if certain precise search-terms were used”.