E-health records a 'nightmare', says AusCERT

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Health records need to be more secure than bank data.

View larger image View larger image View larger image

See all pictures here »

The Government's plan to introduce electronic health records is a "nightmare" for security according to the head of industry group AusCERT

AusCERT boss Grahame Ingram said information security risks were amplified because of the highly sensitive nature of patient data held under the e-health scheme.

"It is a nightmare scenario," Ingram said. "That they think they have the security to safeguard the data is just a nightmare."

The Government had compared e-health security to systems used by major banks, but to Ingram, that fell short.

Bank security was not flawless, he said, and financial transactions were considered "compromised" -- a state that could not be extended to sensitive e-health records.

He said security should be thought of as damage mitigation not intrusion prevention because of the complexity of attacks.

"Banks examine risk profiles, they have accepted risk," he said. "If there was a better system out there to secure their data, I'm sure they would be using it."

Ingram warned that compromises of patient data were likely from insecure end user machines, and said there was a "misplaced trust" in technology.

"The end user attack capability is now fully deployable against the enterprise and is much harder to mitigate," he said.

Copyright © SC Magazine, Australia


 
 
 
Top Stories
The True Cost of BYOD - 2014 survey
Twelve months on from our first study, is BYOD a better proposition?
 
Photos: Unboxing the Magnus supercomputer
Pawsey's biggest beast slots into place.
 
ANZ looks to life beyond the transaction
If digital disruptors think an online payments startup could rock the big four, they’ve missed the point of why people use banks, says Patrick Maes.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  29%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  28%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  21%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  4%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 1071

Vote