Despite the string of prominent cyber-attacks on the health-care industry in the last year, healthcare providers still seem to be putting security on the back burner.

In the last fourteen months, over 91 million records have been compromised in the two largest healthcare breaches to date: The Premera Blue Cross & Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield breaches. But research has shown that even with these major data security scares, the healthcare industry is allotting an average of fourteen percent of its IT budget to security.

According to a recent cybersecurity report published by Forrester, “The focus, to date, has really been more on achieving HIPAA compliance rather than overall privacy.”

With the recent medical innovations and connected devices, the risk of a cyber-attacks is much higher than ever before. So much so that Forrester predicts that in 2016, hackers will release ransomware for a medical device or wearable.

As healthcare providers increasingly become the ideal candidate for cyber criminals, it’s important to abide by HIPAA compliance but to also implement other additional IT security solutions that will detect and block ransomware before it can do damage to the organization and its patients. By introducing solutions like NNT’s Change Tracker Gen7, organizations will be equipped with File Integrity Monitoring, which would notify you of any malicious malware in your IT estate.

Mark Kedgley, CTO, New Net Technology comments, “if an organization wants to maintain security and minimize the financial fallout of these attacks, the emphasis has to change. Accept it- the chances of stopping all breaches are unlikely at best with a prevention-only approach. Instead, with non-stop, continuous visibility of what is going on in the IT estate, an organization can at least spot the unusual changes that may represent a breach in real time and take action before it’s too late.”

 

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