Cybersecurity for healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations
Protecting patient data
The healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors are in the business of saving lives and keeping people well. It’s noble work. But they also handle personal and sensitive information that is increasingly digital and needs to be easily accessible.
With the rise of cyber threats and data breaches, regulatory changes are requiring these institutions to care for more than just the patient’s ailments. They’re also responsible for keeping their patients’ data secure, making healthcare cybersecurity and information security a priority.
And there’s significant incentive to do so. A breach can have huge consequences for both patients and businesses if this data is compromised. For healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations, a breach is very expensive – as of 2017, the average cost of a data breach is $3.6 million.
To do this, the industry needs to strategically manage and respond to records access, which requires extra time and resources that many don’t have in the face of drastic reductions in insurance reimbursements. For the patient? Well, they’re vulnerable enough without needing to also worry about their sensitive personal data being compromised.
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LogPoint for Region Värmland
With LogPoint, Region Värmland has:
- ensured protection of patient integrity
- reduced false positives
- achieved compliance with the Swedish Patient Data Act
By logging medical record views, LogPoint has enabled Region Värmland to ensure patient data confidentiality and integrity and to create smart reports for views with missing care relations.
The standard tool in healthcare
IT solutions for healthcare and pharmaceutical institutions often include an array of proprietary applications and systems that have to be linked within an IT security framework. LogPoint’s highly flexible cybersecurity software architecture solves that problem.
Rooted in Scandinavia, LogPoint has become the standard cybersecurity tool for managing logs within the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector. Some of the most advanced hospitals in the world use our next-gen SIEM solution to safeguard their patient information.
Types of cybersecurity threats to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry
Insider misuse is a major issue for healthcare and pharmaceutical cybersecurity. In fact, it’s the only industry where employees are the predominant threat actors in breaches. The requirement for staff to be able to access unhindered sensitive information is the perfect breeding ground for identity theft.
It’s not only malicious activity that could impact your organization. Human error is another risk worth assessing – as it is in any industry. Misdelivery of information and improper handling of sensitive data exposes your organization to a high risk of data loss.
Ransomware is another direct healthcare and pharmaceutical cybersecurity threat. While this type of attack usually doesn’t allow for breach confirmation, ransomware has the potential to directly impact the confidentiality, integrity and availability of critical IT solutions for healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations. With a recent spike in ransomware attacks, it’s important to prepare for the possibility of an incident of this kind and harden your systems accordingly.
Let’s take a look at how LogPoint can help you approach and remediate threats to your industry.