CYBER SECURITY FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE SECTOR

Protect sensitive data from your staff, patients, and suppliers

As patient care systems become increasingly dependent on internal networks to function, cyber attacks in the healthcare industry are progressively becoming more widespread. Modern hackers seek to disrupt operations by gaining access to your vulnerable systems connected to the internet which allows them to infect other internal systems that are crucial for patient care. These attackers will attempt to compromise any confidential information and infect networks with damaging attacks such as ransomware in order to completely lock the use of any systems on the network, allowing them to demand a sum to be paid for the systems/data to be unlocked. To make matters worse, healthcare providers are often stuck with legacy systems which have been integrated alongside new technologies, providing a greater risk of being affected by a cyber attack which spreads across other vulnerable systems.

 

The risks, however, extend beyond the safety of patients. While technological innovations are allowing medical practitioners to access medical records efficiently from any devices, the risks for the patient’s personal data to be compromised has increased significantly.

 

Cybersecurity Challenges in the Healthcare Sector

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Secure medical equipment against service interruptions.

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Implementing new technologies in conjunction with legacy systems.

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Securing public services from attacks aiming to disrupt the availability of the services.

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Educating staff about Cybersecurity risks.

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Securing legacy systems from intrusions.

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Maintaining technological innovations secure from cyber attacks.

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Securing confidential patient information while maintaining data availability for medical practitioners

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The Impact of a Cyberattack In the Healthcare Industry

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Anthem
(U.S Health Insurance Company)

Was recently hit by one of the largest data breaches in history, compromising personal information of nearly 80 million customers including Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, employment information and even income data for both customers and employees, including its own chief executive. The attack was perpetrated through a phishing link sent by email to one of their subsidiary company, allowing the hackers to download malicious files which gave them remote access to the computer, as well as a dozen other computers within Anthem. According to Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer education and advocacy group “These people knew what they were doing and recognized there was a treasure trove here, and I think they are going to use it to engage in very sophisticated kinds of identity theft.”

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NHS
(The UK’s National Health Service)

Was recently hit by one of the largest data breaches in history, compromising personal information of nearly 80 million customers including Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, employment information and even income data for both customers and employees, including its own chief executive. The attack was perpetrated through a phishing link sent by email to one of their subsidiary company, allowing the hackers to download malicious files which gave them remote access to the computer, as well as a dozen other computers within Anthem. According to Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer education and advocacy group “These people knew what they were doing and recognized there was a treasure trove here, and I think they are going to use it to engage in very sophisticated kinds of identity theft.”

These incidents demonstrate the importance of regularly testing your security systems to identify your vulnerabilities before they are exploited, as well as educating your staff on the risks of cybersecurity.

Quick Assessment of your Cybersecurity with 6 Questions:

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How often are security audits carried out on legacy systems?

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How regularly are systems and databases backed up in the event of a ransomware attack?

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Is there a system in place to detect intrusions?

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Is your staff adequately trained on Cybersecurity risks?

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How often are Manual Penetration Tests performed on critical systems?

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Are there systems in place to prevent sophisticated attacks?

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What systems and procedures are in place to mitigate the impact of a cyber attack?

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How often are internal penetration tests performed?

If you could not confidently answer most of these questions, we recommend re-evaluating your systems and procedures in place to mitigate the eventuality of a cyber threat.

Whether it’s for the integration of new technologies, the implementation of a new feature or simply to assess the security of your systems that were assumed to be secure, It is fundamental to regularly perform manual penetration tests to identify your risks of being affected by a damaging cyber attack and to correct your vulnerabilities before they are exploited.

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Some Statistics

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OF ATTACKS ARE MOTIVATED BY FINANCIAL GAINS
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OF ATTACKS ARE INTERNAL
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OF COMPROMISED DATA CORRESPOND TO MEDICAL DATA

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