Cyberattacks and data breaches can be devastating for healthcare organizations. What type of Cybersecurity should be in place to plan for, predict and protect against these attacks?
- Secure VPN: By providing a secure VPN tunnel between endpoints, IT security pros can lessen the threat posed by devices connecting to their private network via the public Internet. VPN helps protect sensitive data while online due to encryption and access control features.
- Zero trust: To be safe, a zero-trust framework assumes no trust in a network, device, or identity and requires those accessing resources to verify legitimacy. Zero trust also leverages identity and access management technologies to assign appropriate access permissions to everyone in the organization. For instance, an employee working in accounting may not require access to sensitive treatment data. Nor would the medical team need access to payment records or cost information.
- Multi-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication is a subset of multi-factor authentication, which requires more than two pieces of evidence to authenticate a user. For instance, some access requires entering a code sent to a specific user’s device after entering their username and password. By enabling multi-factor authentication, access can be prevented, despite a hacker obtaining a username and password.
- Mitigation and remediation tools: Real-time system monitoring, unified threat management (UTM) functions, DDoS mitigation solutions, and managed security services are effective tools to help keep cybersecurity threats at bay.
Creating a perfect security system is near impossible. What can hospital leaders do to stay informed about cybersecurity threats and ensure they are staying on top of the most up to date security methods?
Implementing employee training is essential to successful cybersecurity use. What kind of training is needed to enable employees to both feel safe and comply with security directives?