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Implementing Advanced Healthcare Data Security

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, January 28, 2019

Security and compliance have now become essential components for the healthcare industry, in the midst of a perfect storm of change, driven by the trends in healthcare safety. Safety audits are mandatory for the healthcare industry to verify the deployment and continuous maintenance of healthcare safety and processes.

According to the 2018 Q3 Data Breach QuickView report, 3,676 publicly disclosed data breaches of 3.6 billion records in various companies occurred in 2018. Mega-breaches, which accounted for at least 100 million record breaches, led to 84 percent of the 3.6 billion records exposed.

The information on healthcare can be armed and manipulated to serve a specific state, business, and personal interests. Healthcare providers are much involved in networking aspects such as diagnostic equipment and drug dispensers, performing remote robots surgery, and do not always have a good understanding of safety issues. Sometimes, they don’t recommend software updates because the vendor is certified with a specific configuration and doesn’t want to change anything.

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Tracking the management of vulnerabilities and remediation results will help healthcare organizations assess security efforts and improve safety and compliance. Using a cloud-based automated VM solution, it simplifies management with customizable reports and well-presented data to inform security staff and managers.

Hacking remains the leading cause of data compromise events, accounting for 57.1 percent of the breaches disclosed, but hacking is not responsible for most of the exposed records.

E-mail scams are the most common techniques for infecting ransomware networks. A PhishMe report estimates that 93 percent of all phishing emails contain ransomware. Thus, it is important for clinicians and other hospital staff to be trained safely to handle spam emails.

Considering the cybersecurity policies and measures of hospitals, IT leaders should be involved in the discussions, since they are the experts that know what needs to be done to maintain security. Cybersecurity experts from third parties also need to be hired to look at organizational systems and find any loopholes that need to be fixed.

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