The integrated Centre of health and social services (CISSS) of the North Shore is “several years overdue” with regard to the protection of its computer network in the face of cyber attacks, according to an expert in cyber security.
According to Steve Waterhouse, the delays in the computer system could have the potential to affect the care received by patients. The inventory computer was still not completed as of the date of 7 July, according to the document obtained by TVA Nouvelles.
According to the analysis of this paper by Steve Waterhouse, the fact that there is no computerized inventory of the biomedical equipment would ensure that professionals do not have the time, just as to the availability and condition of equipment when it comes time to care for patients.
“The inventory [biomedical equipment] is not in a centralized system”, grants the director of the information resources of the CISSS, Michel Rioux.
“By contrast the people of the biomedical are familiar with their equipment, so there is no risk to the population compared to the inventory-then” defends it.
Security problems on the web site
If you go to the web site of the CISSS de la Côte-Nord, you will also see that there is not this small padlock green which indicates that the web site and secure. It had taken that confidential data is traded, they could therefore be intercepted, according to Steve Waterhouse.
“The CISSS de la Côte-Nord is the only CISSS that I was able to document that is not at the height of what we can expect of a modern web site”, he explains.
The school is committed to correct the wrongs in this subject, according to Michel Rioux.
“We learned incidentally that our site was not secure and we have taken steps to ensure that they are secure. It is a kind of certificate that you need to add. It is in contact with a supplier”, he says.
Michel Rioux confirmed that no confidential data was compromised by the web site of the CISSS, which removes potential privacy concerns.