It’s no secret—these days, healthcare data is a hacker’s favorite and most lucrative target. According to Experian’s 2016 Data Breach Industry Forecast, medical records are now worth approximately 10 times more than credit card records—and this exponential growth is showing no signs of stopping. In an industry with a rapidly growing demand and reliance on electronic records and internet-connected devices, it seems the sky’s the limit for cybercriminals and their increasingly expanding healthcare attack surface.
Unfortunately, far too many healthcare organizations are unprepared and under-invested in the cybersecurity measures required to keep their patient’s electronic health information (ePHI) safe. According to a recent report by the Ponemon Institute, 91 percent of all healthcare organizations have experienced at least one data breach over the last two years, and 50 percent of healthcare organizations have reported between 1 and 5 cyber-attacks in the past year alone according to IDC.
With the advent of mobile healthcare systems that support lives becoming more vulnerable to attack (not just finances and ePHI), it’s clear that healthcare organizations are fighting a critical losing battle against their hackers.
Healthcare Organizations Need to Adopt Advanced Threat Protection and Incident Response to Keep Data Safe
Healthcare organizations should focus on setting up effective end-to-end cybersecurity measures to help safeguard electronic protected health information and to ensure compliance with applicable HIPAA security and privacy laws and HIPAA audit requirements. By working with a Managed Security Services Provider that specializes in healthcare IT security and HIPAA compliance, you can keep valuable ePHI out of cybercriminal’s hands while continuing to embrace innovative internet-connected medical technologies.
Follow these security practices to safeguard your data across diverse IT environments and keep your healthcare organization safe, profitable, and HIPAA-compliant:
Next-generation Firewall Management
Healthcare organizations need a 24/7/365 security monitoring service to keep pace with real-time threats as they emerge around the globe. Intrinium’s partnership with industry-leading Fortinet technology – and Fortiguard’s advanced adaptive defense tools – you can protect your organization against multi-vector zero-day attacks. With Intrinium, your organization will benefit from:
- 360 Degree Comprehensive Security: Our partnership with Fortiguard Labs offers real-time threat intelligence and delivers comprehensive security across a full range of Fortinet solutions for total synergistic protection.
- 8,760 Hours of Protection: Our always-on instant protection against new and emerging threats offers real-time, 24x7x365 support.
- 100% commitment to High-Performance Solutions: Intrinium’s integrated security services portfolio offers maximum physical and virtual solution for the ultimate in cybersecurity protection.
Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
According to industry experts, whether or not a healthcare organization will experience a data breach is not a matter of if—but when. The best solution is to detect and contain threats before they become incidents. When an incident does occur, it’s important to respond effectively across the incident lifecycle to prevent a full-blown data breach.
To accomplish this, an effective Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution will collect, analyze, transmit, and store threat information from your network hosts and critical applications. An SIEM extends awareness from your network perimeter to the application layer to help achieve more effective threat identification and incident mitigation throughout the threat detection process. Intrinium’s Managed Security Service and monitoring provides your organization with the HIPAA compliance validation it needs as well as the security expertise necessary to prevent and mitigate damage to your patient data, your healthcare business, and your reputation.
With ransomware and other cybersecurity threats taking a toll across the healthcare industry, vulnerable healthcare organizations should protect themselves with a comprehensive, Advanced Threat Protection framework. If you’d like to learn more about protecting your healthcare business from a cyberattack, contact Intrinium for a consultation.