Harare, Zimbabwe (News of the South)-The emergence of web connectivity and dependence on it by the health sector has made it increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks from various elements in society, according to an expert.

 

Speaking at the ongoing HealthCare Fraud Indaba in Harare Mr Caid Zvawanjanja stated that there is need to balance functionality and security to avoid financial damages.

 

“Zimbabwe’s health sector is vulnerable to cyber crime attacks and their is need to balance the issues of functionality and security so as to avoid financial losses accruing from that.

 

“Most of our systems are focusing on functionality but when you move to functionality and ease of use it reduces security. We are not doing a correct balancing of these things.

 

“As Zimbabwe and as the health sector our business objective are forcing us to be more reliant on the IT system which is exposing us to the threats out there. We have become a lot dependant on cyber systems.

 

According to an international research the health sector is the area most attacked by cyber criminals.

 

“The health sector is the number one most attacked leading to over a million records being exposed.

 

“96% of ransom ware being created is targeting health institutions”, he said.

 

In an effort to deal with this the US has used over $6.2 billion in trying to deal with Cyber Crime in the health sector.

 

Zvawanjanja however lamented the inadequacy of Zimbabwe’s laws in dealing with cyber crimes.

 

“Digital evidence is volatile evidence, it changes with time and the laws governing the handling of evidence don’t apply to the handling of digital evidence”, he added.

 

Due to Cyber attacks Zvawanjanja said the amounts clients paid for services in the health sector will have doubled by 2019.


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