Emerging Healthcare Security System to Thwart Fraudulent Email...

Emerging Healthcare Security System to Thwart Fraudulent Email Attacks

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, May 22, 2019

FREMONT, CA: As security threats emerge, organizations must account for different attack techniques to protect themselves against impending threats. Health institutions acknowledge cybersecurity to be a serious safety concern that is core to healthcare’s overall mission. These cause significant financial damage to the industry while eroding patients’ confidence in their healthcare providers’ abilities to protect their most sensitive data.  

The growth of email fraud is the most concerning cybersecurity challenge facing the healthcare industry. This involves email compromise and a series of identity deception menaces. Email hoax preys on fear, faith, and the urge to be helpful, creating possibilities for threat actors to steal money and essential information, or launch phishing or malware attacks. These events are highly targeted and use identity deception tactics such as spoofing and fake email chains to pose as trusted colleagues or business partners over email.

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As in the CDC example, cybercriminals use a variety of techniques, often in tandem, to launch email fraud attacks. Display-name spoofing, domain spoofing, lookalike domains are the most common techniques for a cyber attack. Email fraud tricks keep on changing. This is the sole reason why healthcare institutions need a multilayered defense. In order to protect patients, staff, and business partners from such email fraud, email authentication, machine learning and policy enforcement, domain monitoring should be kept in mind.  Protecting VAP and security awareness training and process accountability should also be given equal importance to ignore email frauds.

A large amount has been invested in security but yet email frauds tend to keep growing. Cybercriminals continue growing more advanced day by day. These attacks are evading traditional security tools, leaving people as the last line of defense. Taking a multilayer approach to cybersecurity, and protecting the most attacked employees, will significantly lessen risk and allow the institution to concentrate on patient care.

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