Dealing with online security threats is much like treating rapidly mutating bacteria and viruses – new ones will always appear to defy conventional safeguards. Let’s look at some hard realities of the Heartbleed bug and then quickly move to signs of hope, as well as some insights on how to protect against it.
Should doctors think of patients as their customers? Is medicine a retail business? Are online doctor reviews so unfair they should be ignored? Such questions have set off a firestorm of responses from physicians nationwide on Medscape with the February 20 article, “Top Complaints Posted on Doc-Rating Websites.” To date, 75 Medscape readers have commented on the article.
Why should health care providers care about Target’s travails? Because the latest hacking news is more evidence of the mushrooming abundance of Internet hackers and of the vulnerably of digital patient information. Hacking is a worldwide growth industry for a reason. There’s a lot to steal on the Internet and plenty of places to steal it, both in storage and in transit.