Proactive Measures Around the World to Increasing Healthcare Cyberattacks

Digital transformation is changing healthcare by providing caregivers with the technology needed to improve care while improving the experience of patients. From electronic health records to cloud-based applications, AI-driven doctor support, and even telemedicine–care is being re-imagined. 

While digitized medical ecosystems can dramatically improve healthcare systems, software cyber attackers are also eager to exploit its vulnerabilities.

Regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe aim to comply with organizations using ePHI in order to improve safety and security. The cost is steep for those who do not make health data protection a top priority; failure to comply with Memorial Healthcare Systems based in Florida in 2017 resulted in a payment of $5.5 million to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

The fine was due to the organization’s failure to review access controls and audit logs and, most negligently, to provide unauthorized employees with shared login credentials to access private patient information. Simply put, the organization had failed to secure and paid dearly for privileged access to critical systems and patient data.

Privileged security solutions for access can support the ability of providers to comply with regulations, avoid financial disasters, and keep patient information safe by extension. Healthcare organizations need administrators ‘ privileged accounts and credentials to access applications or data, or devices to access the systems created by the technological advances of the past two decades— especially ePHI.

As the size and complexity of hospitals and healthcare ecosystems continue to grow, providers need to focus on protecting highly targeted ePHI. Protecting privileged access is the only best way to mitigate the risks associated with the theft of ePHI and the people and devices that can access it, according to industry experts.


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