As cyber threats to healthcare become more severe, organizations are strengthening their cybersecurity practices.
FREMONT, CA: According to the Bitglass 2019 Healthcare Breach Report, while fewer organizations recorded infringements in 2018, the number of documents affected by these infringements has increased. And while the breaches generated by lost and stolen devices have dropped by almost 70 percent since 2014, IT safety and hacking were the main causes for the breaches. In other words, fewer organizations are infringed, but those who are violated face more important and more malicious threats.
Over the last few years, healthcare companies have produced advancement in strengthening their safety and decreasing the number of breaches. The increase in hacking and IT incidents, however, deserves individual attention. Healthcare organizations must, therefore, use the appropriate technologies and best practices for cybersecurity if they are to safeguard patient information within their IT systems.
However, there is one more piece of excellent news: the hospitals are adopting countermeasures as hackers and cybercriminals are becoming more advanced.
AI Warns IT Suspicious Activity Teams
Cybercriminals of today are constantly changing their strategies and using new tools to prevent detection, including artificial intelligence. But by taking the high road, healthcare organizations can counteract their efforts.
AI can scan patient information per second through thousands of transactions and review various variables related to each transaction, such as place of access, amount of login attempts, and length between each login attempt. In a case where the account of a staff member suddenly accesses the files of 10,000 patients at the same time, AI would detect this unusual behavior and issue an alert.
Cloud-Based Security Solutions Provide Efficiency and Productivity
An increasing number of healthcare organizations are moving beyond AI to cloud-based security solutions such as security monitoring and email security software, partially because the products have matured. Cloud security suppliers have a reliable infrastructure and are diligent in maintaining the hardening of their setting.
As the IT department can centrally manage computing devices and secure data, cloud-based security tools can also support organizations with tight staff resources. As the cloud allows simplification and the capacity to cover a more substantial amount of installations, the trend to move to the cloud is growing. Managing cloud-enabled security solutions is more comfortable, which provides greater efficiency and effectiveness.
IT Departments Invest in People as their Top Defense Line
While cloud-based and AI technologies are advancing, a team of highly skilled and trained safety experts to supervise is an equally significant aspect of a well-rounded protection approach. These people must be in a position to make critical, real-time decisions where automation cannot solve a cybersecurity problem.
Even experts can be fooled by phishing emails and fake websites today, which is why hospital IT departments are stepping up their hiring and educational efforts. According to the HIMSS 2019 Cybersecurity Survey, email remains the most commonly reported initial compromise point for the healthcare sector, with 59 percent of all surveyed organizations reporting having experienced a breach over the past 12 months that started phishing. Healthcare organizations need to take the time to teach their employees about how to report suspect connections to the IT staff once they see it.