Healthcare Organizations Are a Growing Target
Today's reality is that healthcare organizations are an attractive target for cyber attackers. While breaches at these organizations don’t always make national news, cyber attacks are growing in frequency for several reasons:
Less Mature Security and Compliance Programs
Small to mid-sized healthcare organizations struggle to match advanced security technologies, security best practices and large IT team of larger enterprises, often leaving their patient data, PHI, and IT assets exposed. Healthcare organizations are required to comply with a wide range of regulations including HIPAA to secure electronic protected health information (ePHI) and other patient records and information.
Healthcare organizations increasingly use mobile, cloud-based, or hybrid infrastructure. Increasing number of applications create potential weak links and vulnerabilities exposing a healthcare organization to loss of patient data, PHI, and business disruptions.
Cybercriminals often view healthcare organizations as a prime entry point as an easy target due to lack of mature security programs, lax security controls, and lack of resources as we’ve seen with many highly-publicized data breaches at large organizations.
Healthcare Organization Challenges
Healthcare providers face dire security challenges as organizations move to electronic records and work in a connected world. Security incidents affect patient care as well as patient privacy. Cybercriminals are looking to steal patient data and monetize it for large financial gains. Recent cyber breaches have demonstrated the value and need to protect patient health records. HIPAA/HITECH regulations call for stringent access control and auditing for any systems that transmit and store electronic protected healthcare information (ePHI). This requires monitoring thousands of log events per day while proactively detecting vulnerabilities, which can quickly become an overwhelming task even for a well-funded and staffed healthcare organization.
How Cygilant Helps Healthcare Organizations
Due to limited IT budgets, it is common for a healthcare organization to have a small IT team tasked with all aspects of IT operations. As a result, lean IT teams are challenged to protect their critical IT assets from cyber attacks and comply with regulations.
Cygilant’s SOCVue services offer an affordable set of subscription-based services to deliver increased security visibility and guidance effectively reducing cyber risks and meet compliance requirements. Cygilant can help you monitor and protect your network from a costly data breach, as well as help, meet many of the privacy requirements contained in the regulations above. Our team of GSOC security analysts, working as an extension of your IT team, provide 24x7x365 monitoring of your IT environment to detect, analyze and respond to suspicious activity from cyber attacks. We conduct periodic vulnerability scans and provide guidance on fixing vulnerabilities and patches based on business risk to continually reduce the attack surface, all the while providing an auditable record to help you meet HIPAA regulatory requirements.
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