Yet any organization with a computer is at risk from cyber-attacks and there are also a huge number of opportunities for attacks on healthcare systems simply due to the extent to which they rely on technology

Healthcare today makes massive use of digital technology, not just in hospital equipment but also devices attached to and even embedded in the human body, such as fitness monitors or digital pacemakers

The healthcare sector is classified as national critical infrastructure, alongside water, electricity and transport networks. It makes it as an attractive target for those hackers wanting to cause chaos, especially from a hostile foreign country

In addition to the risk of theft of patient data and other sensitive information, attacking a healthcare organization that is part of a wider network of infrastructures could also provide a way in to other critical facilities