Can malware-infested hospital systems drive patients in emergencies away? They can, and they did so at one of the best hospital management facilities in the world, the National Health Service in the UK. In 2017, Wannacry, ransomware, resulted in disruption for over 34% of the NHS trusts in England. The ransomware resulted in the cancellation of over 19,000 appointments and drove patients 70 km away during emergencies.
The digital systems are taking over in many private and public organizations alike. These systems have taken Centerstage in operations as stakes of efficiency and productivity continue to rise with each day. However, the safety solutions for these aren’t growing as quickly. It is because there isn’t a practical way for many organizations to put up a defense.
High Costs Remain a Challenge
On the one hand, the high-costs of digital adoption often limit their adoption, especially in small and medium enterprises. Moreover, even with proper funding, large enterprises remain vulnerable to cyber-attacks. It is because the security experts remain at the forefront to keep up with every potential possibility of a malware attack and design algorithm accordingly. This current popular framework of cyber-security has resulted in significant cyber-attacks in recent years. These include attacks on tech giants, including Adobe, major thefts from data servers of online services of PlayStation, and demands for ransom for various counties in the US.
So far, these incidents have warmed the rug as digital adoption is essential for a wide range of new developments. For example, machine learning, and Big Data promise to change healthcare completely with innovations like personalized medicine. This potential advancement promises to take into account possible individual reactions to medication and design medicine on-the-spot as necessary.
But, the question remains – can security take a backseat amidst incidences like the one at NHS?
AI Promises a Brighter Horizon for Cyber-Security
According to Omar Al Omaha, the minister of state for artificial intelligence, governments around the world need to be more proactive. And, AI promises plenty of opportunities to do so.
According to news reports, over 50% of security experts are demanding AI innovation in the field for improvement in the virus detection process. Technology giants like Microsoft have already put over $1 bn in funding in AI-related research.
If you wanted AI to change the world, a new opportunity is here.