Cybersecurity is wrapped up in any discussion of networking, but for healthcare providers, it’s a particularly thorny issue. Data vulnerability is a concern for any organization, but the legal responsibility for healthcare providers – along with the potential breakdown of patient trust – adds extra layers of complexity.
Advances in health IT systems – such as EHRs, portals and appointment reminder systems – have helped shift the focus of healthcare to the patient. But unsecured mobile devices and IoT present constant challenges. And, as always, people – both healthcare personnel and patients – need to be trained and vigilant to protect confidential information.
In particular, this means learning to be aware of techniques such as phishing, which can open healthcare systems to threats. In fact, ransomware and other malware attacks against healthcare providers pose a particular threat: 85 percent of all attacks targeting the healthcare industry are ransomware. Of course, high profile attacks include 2017’s WannaCry, which affected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries. The WannaCry attack essentially took down the U.K.’s National Health Service, leaving hospitals across England unable to treat patients effectively, as providers had no access to patient records. And in 2018, the SamSam ransomware attacks targeted multiple healthcare systems.
Webinar to Provide Unique Insights for End-to-end Security
While every environment presents some unique challenges, networked organizations have much in common when it comes to cybersecurity. Using large, private medical universities as a model, an upcoming webinar will take a deep dive into threat detection, mitigation and compliance strategies, with a focus on cloud-based tools that can enrich cybersecurity. The webinar, “Transforming Medical Universities with Cloud-Based Cybersecurity Tools,” will also examine how to align your security strategy with your key organizational objectives.
Security experts Brian Smith-Sweeney, the CISO for Columbia University Medical Center, and Cristian Rodriguez Sales Engineering Manager, Public Sector at CrowdStrike, will highlight the spectrum of security issues impacting universities.
Smith-Sweeney will look at the ins-and outs of selecting next-gen endpoint security to help defend against evolving threats. According to the 2018 SANS Endpoint Security Survey, more than 80 percent of known breaches involve an endpoint. With the number of methods to access a network growing exponentially, effective endpoint protection is essential to any security strategy.
Ready to learn more? Register here.