How to protect your hospital network: diagnostic imaging social channels vulnerabilities

9 January 2024

Authors: Paolo Marcheschi and Stefano Dalmiani / FTGM


KINAITICS use cases include the healthcare and medical research domain, represented by Monasterio Foundation (FTGM). Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) are widely used by hospitals, research institutions, clinics, and small healthcare practices for sharing patient data and medical images. PACS servers store images such as ultrasound, CT, MRI, and radiography in the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) format, which is the international standard for medical imaging.


PACS servers are not immune to cyberattacks. Moreover, through exploitation of the network protocols, installation of malicious code can be used to manipulate medical diagnosis, falsify scans, install malware, sabotage research, etc. Such threats could allow an attacker to compromise connected clinical devices and laterally spread malicious code to other parts of the network undetected.


Email is another common vector for cyberattacks in the healthcare sector. Vulnerabilities can have serious consequences for healthcare organizations that rely on email for communication with patients, partners, and vendors. For example, an attacker could send phishing emails to trick users into revealing their credentials or downloading malicious attachments. Alternatively, an attacker could alter or delete important information in email messages, such as test results, prescriptions, or referrals.


As cyber-attacks become increasingly sophisticated and frequent, it is of utmost importance for organizations to take proactive measures to protect their sensitive data and business continuity, also because we always have human life in the background. FTGM is committed to studying these serious cyber-attacks and contributing to the KINAITICS project, which aims to improve the experience of users and administrators in the field of cybersecurity. The KINAITICS project is a cutting-edge initiative that is dedicated to the development of innovative tools for, among others, enhancing the security of email communications and hospital computing networks.


At the same time, the KINAITICS project is also developing new email protection tools that are designed to detect and prevent malicious emails from reaching their intended targets. By leveraging advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms, these tools are able to identify suspicious emails and block them before they can cause any harm.


Overall, the KINAITICS project is playing a critical role in the ongoing battle against cybercrime. By developing innovative tools and technologies that enhance the security of email communications and computer networks, they are helping to protect individuals, organizations, and communities from the growing threat of cyber-attacks.