Healthcare is data. To effectively treat patients and create new forms of care, information must be shared, analyzed, and transmitted across several devices, among a number of healthcare professionals, insurance providers and other third parties. The sensitive nature of this personal information has long made healthcare an attractive target to cyber criminals while the complex nature of the industry creates continued struggles to protect the data, as frequent data breach headlines point out.
One new study points to healthcare as the worst offender when it comes to a secure external security posture. Researchers found the industry has the highest level of severe issues in their external security posture, which they define as out-of-date software, insecure protocols, misconfiguration, and password flaws.
While a serious situation, protecting healthcare data doesn’t have to be a losing battle. Digital care models can be secured but it requires continuous vigilance and data protection across every endpoint. To make improvements in securing your security posture, start with these 7 basic steps:
Comprehensive asset intelligence, automated endpoint hygiene, and continuous compliance give healthcare IT and security teams the tools they need to succeed in the digital care frontier. I talked more about these steps along with lessons learned from those who have suffered a breach with Dave Shackleford of the SANS Institute in a recent webinar.
Listen to our webinar: 7 Steps to Protecting Data in the Era of Digital Care.