Assessing Healthcare Data Security Tools – Part 1

Hospitals and other providers need health data security tools to help reduce risks as well as prevent attacks and breaches of data. Such security leaks can harm organizations financially and legally. But to help address the new threats regularly faced by healthcare groups successfully, companies need to consider upgrading their cybersecurity tools to better protect themselves against newer and more sophisticated attacks on healthcare data security involving phishing, spoofing, ransomware and identity theft.

The first step towards successful safety in healthcare is to select the right set of products to address the specific security gaps that an organization may have. IT departments should compare different tools based on these eight key areas as part of the purchasing process.

Multi-platform support

Cybersecurity tools such as antivirus, anti malware or anti-ransomware are capable of monitoring device activities. By comparing the signatures of all processes running in the memory of the device, any known malicious process can be detected and blocked. Within the infrastructure of a customer, several products have the option to protect different areas. An example would be FireEye Network Threat Prevention Platform, which helps detect and block threats from attacking a network, while Trend Micro Endpoint Protection focuses on blocking endpoints such as viruses, malware and other malicious code.

Multiple endpoint protection is one of the best methods for hospitals, covering mobile devices, workstations and servers. There are security systems that are specialized only in Windows or Mac protections for mobile devices and others, so health IT will have to identify where protection is needed and select the appropriate vendor accordingly.

Cloud management console

A centralized management portal provides reporting capabilities for deployment tools and additional details on how the software can be configured and managed. But as most software vendors aim to reduce the burden of installing and configuring their products ‘ server side, IT should consider vendors like Trend Micro Inc., McAfee or DXC Technology. These are some of the few providers that can provide their endpoint protection with serverless deployment to help reduce the burden of having dedicated servers.

Compliance management

A handful of cybersecurity healthcare tools are available that provide easy-to-use compliance management tools such as Microsoft Compliance Manager, Symantec Control Compliance Suite, IBM QRadar Security Intelligence Platform, and Cisco Security Manager. These products help hospitals to ensure the necessary requirements are met. But even if a hospital may not need assistance in managing regulatory compliance, it is a feature worth discussing with vendors of cybersecurity tools, because compliance checklists can even be supported by these features.

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