Recently, there has been increasing threats to healthcare organizations in regards to cyber attacks. These cyber breaches not only end up costing the healthcare industry millions of dollars every year but they also have adverse repercussions that affect health care. When a healthcare organization has not implemented protective measures to ensure they do not fall victims to cyber attacks, these are what you can expect:
- Patient data being used in medical identity theft.
- Patients receive incorrect medical records compromised by false updates.
- Hospital systems shut down by malware.
- Patients die when pacemaker or MRI machines get hacked.
These are just a few of the impacts of cyber security threats felt by hospitals. The rising cyber attacks against healthcare organizations are evidence enough that the healthcare industry is a hot target and particularly a vulnerable one. These are some of the things a healthcare organization can do to improve the situation if they are experiencing frequent cyber attacks.
Put In Place A Data Breach Notification Procedure
Over the years, healthcare technology has made bounds and leaps in terms of improving healthcare but these technologies are not yet up to date to the security concerns being deployed every now and then. Every healthcare organization should review security standards regularly and put a process in place to report data breaches promptly. Since healthcare organizations partner with vendor systems, they should have contractual rights to insist on vendors’ security standards.
Use Proxies To Enhance Cyber Security
As mentioned earlier, healthcare security strategies and practice are not up to date to handle new cyber threats which exposes patient medical record, intellectual property, and billing and payment organizations. A healthcare organization should buy proxy packages which are custom planned to their needs to ensure they can keep off cyber criminals from accessing their data. A hospital should invest in dedicated proxies to ensure only they have access to proxy logs. Proxies lay a multi-layer defence against hackers and malware to ensure an organization’s system is fully secure from cyber breaches. This is a small price to pay compared to the damages caused by cyber breaches.
Train Staff Regularly
To ensure total security from cyber attacks, a healthcare organization needs to train its staff regularly on how to detect malicious system activities and how to report them. Healthcare organizations should take this phrase “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” seriously because it only takes a simple mistake to put an entire healthcare system into danger. Healthcare staff should be trained on which sites to avoid, how to avoid ransomware attacks by not opening suspicious mail with attached files, never use USB flash drives unless obtained from a trusted source and many more. An organization can find browser tutorial materials to increase their knowledge on how to safely navigate through the internet.
Enlist The Help Of Reputable Cyber Security Companies
It is not enough for a healthcare organization to rely only on in-house information security professionals and security officers to take care of cyber threats. An organization should hire external cyber security companies to help pay attention to the best security practices to combat ransomware problems. Organizations can get two or more cyber security companies to help with analysis and also get different views on how to ensure total protection from cyber attacks.