There are few sectors where privacy is as essential as it is in healthcare. People’s health and personal information should be protected at all costs — and cyberattacks can jeopardize both.
Unfortunately, healthcare institutions are a prime target for cybercriminals looking to obtain a wealth of sensitive data, including the names, addresses, social security numbers, and medical information of patients.
How can healthcare organizations better protect their, and their patients’ data from a costly data breach?
Healthcare as a target
Healthcare organizations can be easy for hackers to infiltrate.
For one, the healthcare industry is often slow to adopt new technology — and the older the tech, the easier it can be to breach. Cloud-based systems, for example, are known to be more secure, but they don’t always fit a healthcare organization’s data storage needs and so on-prem data storage is preferred.
But even the data that’s held on-premises needs to be secured by a modern solution — most ransomware relies on old techniques based on legacy OS, and when a healthcare organization gets complacent with its on-prem security, that’s when its vulnerability increases.
Then, once the bad actor(s) are in, the value of the data they can obtain is very appealing as well. Cybercriminals can use a person’s healthcare data to create false identities, commit health insurance fraud, secure and then sell prescription drugs or medical equipment, and more. And that’s before these bad actors demand payment to hand back any data stolen.
Healthcare data breaches now come with a total price tag of $10.1 million per breach on average — the highest of all sectors. This is in part down to the sensitivity of healthcare data; fines of $5 million or more are not uncommon if the healthcare organization is found to be to blame for the breach.
Are your healthcare systems outdated or poorly protected? Then it’s time to improve your posture.
How Logpoint secures data in health care environments
Logpoint has a long history of securing data in healthcare environments. We have a deep understanding of the compliance requirements for HIPAA, HITECH, and other regulations, as well as GDPR.
We also have a team of experts who are familiar with the unique challenges of securing healthcare data. We recognize that healthcare data is some of the most sensitive data out there and we take extra steps to ensure that it is protected.
Logpoint’s solutions for healthcare data security include:
File integrity monitoring
Logpoint’s file integrity monitoring (FIM) is a key part of our healthcare data security solution.
FIM can be used to monitor any type of file, including electronic health records (EHRs), medical images, and patient data. When changes are detected, FIM sends an alert for investigation whereby it can be then determined whether there’s a potential attack/breach, or some other issue, at play.
Detecting access to systems
Logpoint makes it easy to detect users and systems accessing other systems. Our solution includes a variety of tools that help you keep track of user activity and identify suspicious behavior.
One of these tools is our activity monitoring solution. Once you know who is accessing your systems and when, you can quickly identify malicious activity and work to stop attacks.
Our solutions help you meet the stringent requirements of the National Information Security Standardization (NIS) 2 and other domestic iterations of this compliance requirement. This certification demonstrates our commitment to data security and our ability to meet the needs of healthcare organizations.
The NIS2 standard covers a wide range of data security topics, including risk management, asset management, security incident management, and more — and compliance with NIS2 indicates that a supplier has met the rigorous requirements and can be trusted to protect their patients’ data.
Keep bad actors out and patient data safe
At Logpoint, we appreciate how important it is for you to keep your data protected — and that’s why it’s important to us as well.
Contact us today to learn more about our FIM and access monitoring solutions, as well as any other cybersecurity tooling or information your business needs to keep critical infrastructures safe.