Web apps offer a way in for cyberattacks in health care computer networks


HHS calls for added security in latest threat brief on apps such as patient portals, telehealth.

Web applications such as patient portals, telehealth services and online pharmacies can become openings for computer network attacks against physicians and health systems, according to federal experts.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the warnings and potential security upgrades in its latest threat brief, “Web Application Attacks in Healthcare.” HHS offers guidance through its Office of Information Security and the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3).

“Even though there are a variety of web application attacks, there are also processes,

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