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The causes and (expensive) fallout of the SingHealth data breach

30 10 1

CYBERSECURITY is becoming a major concern for organisations and regulators everywhere, and in sectors such as healthcare, with institutions storing critical personal information — from financial data to medical reports — the stakes are higher.

In the recent SingHealth data breach, for example, personal information of 1.5 million patients, including that of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a few other ministers, was stolen. Some 160,000 people also had their outpatient prescriptions stolen.

According to the report issued by the Committee of Inquiry (COI) investigating the incident, the hack was a result of basic failings such as weak administrator passwords and delays in applying recommended patches to the organisation’s systems.

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While the 454-page report reconstructs the series of events and explains what exactly went wrong, it also identified five key findings that........

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