Preventing Healthcare Cyber Attacks
Why Are Healthcare Records Popular Cyber Crime Targets?
How to Protect Against Cyber Attacks
- Automated phishing defenses: systems used to detect both internal and external ransomware threats
- Compliance automation systems: programs that ensure hospitals remain in accordance with HIPAA regulations and operate within legal boundaries
- Identity and access management: protocols that add an additional level of security and hinder the ability to utilize employee identities or other access points to break into a facility’s security system
Solutions to Cyber Crime: Future Trends
- Sophisticated ransomware patterns: Malware uses sophisticated encryption patterns to hold data for ransom, requiring the victim to pay money to have the data returned or inhibit the distribution of that information.
- Supply chain attacks: These attacks disrupt or manipulate daily operations or connections to suppliers, or they install malware, impeding an organization’s ability to deliver care to patients.
- Internet of medical things (IoMT): Connecting healthcare IT systems through online computer networks, the IoMT involves a collection of medical devices and applications that allow for a cohesive system. While efficient, the number of devices required for the IoMT can make it vulnerable to healthcare cyber attacks.