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.

Logpoint for Region Värmland

LogPoint for Region Värmland customer case

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.

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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 Modern 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.

LogPoint SIEM FIM use cases File Integrity Monitoring

File Integrity Monitoring

Achieving HIPAA compliance is a complex process, but maintaining it can often be even more cumbersome. Logpoint’s native FIM calculates the hash value of files, before and after changes could have been made so you will always be in control of your sensitive assets and get alerted whenever a new directory or file is created, deleted, renamed or altered in its content. Additionally, FIM also monitors any creation or deletion of the files and directories.

Failed login attempts HIPAA screenshot

Detecting access to systems

With Logpoint, you can easily detect users and systems accessing other systems along with other important contextual information such as the actions performed, the final status, or other entities used like IP addresses. Monitoring access control helps to verify users viewing systems and resources. Logpoint can detect activities such as failed and successful logins, various login attempts, users locked or unlocked. See more use cases here.


Failed login attempts

Failed login attempts HIPAA screenshot
LogPoint SIEM use cases Successful logins HIPAA

Authentication and transmission control

To make audits of transmission controls easier, Logpoint can detect activities such as email, https, and VPN communications. Logpoint by design also enforces authentication and transmission control for data security by maintaining a proper authentication mechanism for users identity maintained locally inside Logpoint or a remote authentication server such as LDAP and Radius. Similarly, for transmission controls, Logpoint uses secure communication channels for interaction between an external object and Logpoint instance or between multiple Logpoint instances.


Successful logins