Healthcare

Healthcare is under cyberattack – are you protected?


Challenges in Healthcare

With some of the most stringent regulations, sensitive data, and an environment where technology can impact patient outcomes, healthcare has some of the biggest challenges when it comes to IAM.

Key Target for Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity budgets have been on the rise with 89% of healthcare organizations experiencing a data breach in the past two years, according to Ponemon. Ransomware attacks alone are expected to quadruple by the end of 2020 and providers, health plans, and their business associates continue to report a recording-breaking number of data breaches to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights.

Healthcare is under attack. It is a prime target for hackers with its valuable PHI and status as part of our critical national infrastructure. With attacks increasing, healthcare needs to continue to modernize and adapt its IAM approaches.

Consumerism and Value-based Care Drives New Experience Expectations

Patients are now responsible for more of the bill when it comes to medical care, due to many reasons, including higher premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. This means that patients are now in the driver’s seat when it comes to making the demands for how care is delivered and how much it costs. This is forcing healthcare organizations to have to remain competitive by offering a modern, secure digital care experience. Being able to seamlessly access your services is the first impression for many patients, so it needs to be frictionless.

Medical Devices & Telemedicine Increase IoT Security Threats

These forms of technology are changing the way that care is delivered and breaking down the traditional IT barriers which existed within an organization. As the “internet of things” grows, and we collect health data on everything from our FitBits, to our smart scales, to the phones we carry 24/7, the potential for interaction between our Electronic Health Records (EHR) and our technology increases. These new technologies also introduce a multitude of new security and access concerns, especially from users who would be accessing devices and systems remotely.


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Attackers are opportunistic and will even switch lure themes daily in accordance with news cycles, as seen in cybercriminals’ use of the global COVID 19 pandemic to broadly target consumers, as well as to specifically target hospitals and healthcare providers.

Microsoft Digital Defense Report 2020

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