Cyber Security in Healthcare is Critical


Healthcare organizations are privy to plethora of sensitive information, healthcare organization are not adequate protective that Data. The healthcare industry has been a frequent target of cyber-attacks for two primary reasons, the high value of data which these organizations possess and the ease with which hackers can access this data. Data gleaned from insecure systems is then sold on the black market, where cyber criminals purchase and sell personal data for a multitude of purposes including espionage and identity fraud.

Like other organization, healthcare organizations are aware to an excess of sensitive information. The healthcare industries experienced more breaches stemming from cyber-attack than any other organization, as per health care industry cyber security task force report and various annual report shows that cyber-attack increasing drastically and situation worsened. As per various report published by various department of health and human services, the healthcare industries experienced more breaches stemming from cyber-attack than any other industry. As per these various report the healthcare industries were the victim of 88% of all ransomware attacks, 89% healthcare organizations have experienced a data breach on the past 4 years.

Electronic healthcare technology is prevalent around the world and creates huge potential to improve clinical outcomes and transform care delivery. However, there are increasing concerns relating to the security of healthcare data and devices. Increased connectivity to existing computer networks has exposed medical devices to new cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Healthcare is an attractive target for cybercrime for two fundamental reasons: it is a rich source of valuable data and its defense Systems are weak.

Healthcare is under siege. Cyber-attacks are exposing personal data. Ransomware is shutting down emergency rooms. Fraudulent emails are defrauding partners, customers, and your own staff. Healthcare is facing several challenges when it comes to protecting infrastructure and sensitive data from perpetrators looking to do harm. The problem for most healthcare organizations begins with personnel. Like many industries, the healthcare industry is facing a cyber security talent shortage, with a deficit of skilled cyber security experts on staff to help combat the growing threat posed by cyber criminals.

The threat to healthcare organizations is twofold. The first major concern is the threat to human health. With more medical devices now digital and connected, cyber criminals have the opportunity to disrupt care by turning off critical medical devices, compromising medicine inventory systems, or cutting off the power supply to an operating room, for instance.

  1. All Medical devices are now IP based and connected to each other’s.

IoT medical devices such as pacemakers, insulin pumps, wearable, imaging devices are designed without the same security considerations as computers. Other Medical devices like X-ray, MRI and all other equipment are IP based and connected to HMS and other hospital systems, Hackers easily exploit these flaws.

  1. Electronic Health Records

Electronic health records (EHRs) have helped the healthcare industry move more patient information to the cloud. While this is an important advancement, it brings inevitable security risks.

Both ‘Medical devices’ and ‘EHRs’ deals with patient data, by access HMS/EHR, cyber criminals gain access to wealth of information that is highly valuable in black market, that can be used for identity or insurance fraud etc.

The Solution: –

Due to these realities, more and more U.S. healthcare companies, other country and health care organizations follow HIPAA and HITECH guidelines, NIST Cyber-security Framework, as well as the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) CSF. They may also employ beneficial cyber-security protocols, such as training employees about information security best practices, updating securing their IT systems, ICT Infrastructure and connected medical devices regularly, getting audited continuously, consulting a cyber security firm, etc.  But that’s not enough. Here are few tips to help you better protect your healthcare organization’s cyber security.

Ultimately, cyber-security is critical to patient safety, yet has historically been lax. New legislation and regulations are in place to facilitate change. This requires cybersecurity to become an integral part of patient safety. Changes are required to human behavior, technology and processes as part of a holistic solution.

  • ICT Infrastructure cyber-security
    • Network Security
    • Secure Infra Configuration
    • DLP
    • Email Security
    • User Privilege
    • Web Access
    • Hardening
    • Information Risk Management Regime
    • Incident management
    • End-point Security and Malware prevention
    • Media Control
    • Monitoring etc.
  • Ensure Staff is Properly Trained on Healthcare Cyber Security Protocols
  • HIPPA training and certifications to Staff
  • Perform Risk Assessments on a Regular Basis
  • Maintain a Layered Defense System IT Infrastructure
  • Have a Plan to Prevent (and Recover From) Data Breaches
  • Strong Policy and procedures
  • Train & Regularly Update Staff on The Risks and Responsibilities
  • Obtain A Third-Party Audit
  • Verify Software Has Comprehensive Built-In Security
  • Develop Better Tools to Protect and Monitor Card-Based Transactions
  • Share More Information About Cyber Vulnerabilities with Other Healthcare Companies


Prevention Is Worth The Alternative

Like regular hand washing or wearing a motorcycle helmet, health care organizations can preserve data safety by consistently following these basic steps.

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One thought on “Cyber Security in Healthcare is Critical

  1. Rather than being treated as a non-functional requirement which could be improved upon later, it needs to be incorporated into the system right from the beginning alongwith its core business solution. We must understand that Security is no longer a feature, its a necessity. While such an understanding has started shaping up, organizations also need to back this up with appropriate budgetary allocations.

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