Three Essential Tips To Secure Your Health Care Data

As the health care industry continues to adapt to technology and switch to digital records and data, the need for cybersecurity and a secure environment for all health care records becomes even more important.

According to an IBM report, the health care industry was the most targeted by cyber criminals last year, and, as a result, more than 100 million records were jeopardized.

Fortinet reports that the health care industry accounts for 27 percent of breaches worldwide, and nine in 10 health care organizations have reported a breach sometime in the last two years.

The piece went on to say that, on average, these data breaches cost $355 per jeopardized health record.

So, how do you ensure that your health care organization’s records won’t be the next victim of a cyberattack?

It starts with securing your Internet of Things (IoT) devices to foster a secure health care environment for everybody.

IoT in the Health Care World

The IoT, which is essentially any device that can connect to the internet, is changing how organizations operate and use technology on a day-to-day basis. For the health care industry, it means that doctors are relying almost solely on their hand-held devices, whether that’s a tablet or a phone. It also includes all of the medical devices that are now electronic, such as an infusion pumps, EKGs, and MRIs, which don’t have any encryption on them.

All of these electronic devices can be hacked, so it’s essential for health care organizations to secure these devices.

Three Ways to Improve Security

But how do you secure IoT devices and medical records?

Fortinet’s “Q&A: Securing IoT in the World of Healthcare” lays out three main security features for health care organizations to consider implementing:

  1. Consider upgrading your defenses and functions. Implementing advanced defenses and solutions can increase your security. These include: managed and enterprise firewalls, internal segmentation firewalls, advanced threat protection, Unified Threat Management, and a security fabric that brings it all together, including devices and electronic medical records.
  2. Incorporate analytics. It’s best to be proactive, not reactionary when it comes to cyberattacks and breaches. To do this, have a sandbox scanning all the network servers, so that they can catch any potential threats before they happen.
  3. Get security information and event management (SIEM) technology. SIEM is a security management tool that gives a holistic view of an organization’s IT infrastructure and security. It helps organizations look at their data from one point of view, so that any abnormal trends or patterns can be spotted easily. Here’s what Fortinet had to say about it: “When a breach could put hundreds or thousands of patients’ sensitive information at risk, and cost your organization millions, you need real-time monitoring across your network and the ability to respond immediately to an event. Some of the recent mega-breaches we’ve seen in retail and other areas could have been avoided, or at least mitigated, if they have been monitoring and questioning unusual traffic within their networks. If you do not have a system that is proactively monitoring sensitive areas so you can respond to threats quickly, then you're doing your organization, and your patients, an injustice.”

These three security tips can help keep medical devices, tablets, phones, and health records safe from any potential cyberattack.

Looking to learn more about implementing these security tips and tools? As a Fortinet Gold Partner, we can help you get started today

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Bob Bally

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March 27, 2017

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