"You can say you make systems secure and compliant. Or you can have operational checks and balances to make sure they actually stay compliant." – Mitchell Parker, CISO at Temple Health
Healthcare handles life-death crises that can not be compromised at any cost. The slightest delay in healthcare supplies can cause millions of lives. The recent cyber attacks happening in the healthcare sector had already put the healthcare care business in an alarming situation.
Securing the healthcare sector has always been a challenge. Cybersecurity experts are continuously making efforts to tackle these challenges by guarding against the attacks along with the compliances. Adopting new technologies has added benefits to the working and security of healthcare along with the other vulnerabilities that come if not maintained properly.
Healthcare has risen to the top in the list of the threat actors during the pandemic. 2019 alone had shown a 40% increase in data breaches. Acknowledging the fact that risk is increasing and understanding the impact of planning a strategy to safeguard your organisation is mandatory.
Implementing cybersecurity measures can help to some extent in securing the infrastructure but for the constantly changing threat landscape against healthcare, there is a need to form specialised strategies.
Training the employees to follow safe practices is as important as implementing the other security policies.
1. Using Safe passwords
2. Handling suspicious emails
3. Not connecting to free wifi
Strictly following the security policies and reviewing them to make amendments as and when required will help in keeping the security measures updated.
1. Preparing the Security policy
2. Planning for uncertainties
Threats are evolving every second and hence trusting on once implemented security measures can not provide full protection.
1. Regular Penetration Testing
2. Application Security testing
3. Cloud Security Testing
4. IoT Penetration Testing
Designing the security policy with software and rules as per the need and criticality of the organisation's IT infrastructure.
1. Firewall Security Testing
2. Anti-virus/malware software
3. Cyber Attack simulation
4. Red Team assessment