The Increase In Cyber Security In The Healthcare Sector
The internet has become a space full of malicious links, trojans and viruses. Data breaches are becoming more frequent, and unsuspecting users are more vulnerable than ever before. When one click can cost thousands or even millions, all users need to be aware of the most important cybersecurity issues that are currently happening around the world. This will help users stay alert and safe online for personal and business use. In the last year, we have seen a tremendous increase in people working from home around the world due to the global pandemic. This has also increased the risk for cybersecurity threats due to digital connectivity beyond the traditional workplace. Data breaches are why we should care about our privacy. Scammers and Hackers target companies and individuals to obtain as much data as possible about an individual or company, which in turn helps them commit identity theft or collect funds on the black market for the data. It is very important to learn about how data breaches happen and what to do if you happen to get involved in a data breach. When it comes to data breaches, we also have to think about social engineering, which is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information. The types of information these criminals are seeking can vary, but when companies or individuals are targeted, the criminals are usually trying to trick them into giving them passwords or bank information. In the last year, we have seen a tremendous increase in enterprise data breaches, especially in the healthcare sector.
The healthcare sector has recently been a main target for cyber criminals. Now that many healthcare systems are under extra strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare systems are more vulnerable than ever. If a ransomware attack prevents patient record access or means entire departments at a hospital cannot function normally, many of the affected departments may cave and meet a hacker’s demands. Another reason why hackers focus on the medical sector is the lack of attention spent on system security. Many hospitals still have significantly outdated systems, which means many hackers may be overlooked. Many health facilities still use outdated methods and equipment, such as traditional fax machines.
Another reason why the healthcare industry has been severely impacted by COVID-19 is due to the significantly increased demand for clinical care, medical equipment and health technology. With the healthcare industry’s increasing need for information technology to figure out how to fight the virus, create a vaccine, etc, it’s no surprise why cyber criminals are focusing on the healthcare sector for cyber attacks. For most hospitals and other healthcare providers, focus and resources during COVID-19 have been on fighting the pandemic. Unfortunately, this means that many have been left vulnerable to cyber attacks. Smaller organizations or those that have not invested in cyber security could be particularly vulnerable to attacks. This pandemic has shown many gaps in cyber security, especially in the healthcare sector. Hospitals will need to invest in stronger cyber security strategies to prevent these attacks in the future. It is also essential that healthcare providers ensure they are informed and prepared to respond to any cyber threat going forward even when COVID is over.
Here at SEGMENTECH, we work with advanced technology partners like CyberArk, Check Point, XPLG, Minerva, Semperis and many more. SEGMENTECH Professional Services and security solutions are designed and implemented with superior quality to ensure each client receives the upmost service. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you with your Privilege Access Management (PAM) Program.