How Does Digitalization Lead To Security Concerns In The Healthcare Sector?

Healthcare industry runs on IoT devices. Whether it’s the database used to store the details of the patients or the cloud storage used to save other sensitive details like the transaction history, every single file/app on a system connected to the internet is prone to malware and virus attacks. In fact, hospitals are the most preferable targets for hackers since they entertain the maximum crowd on a daily basis. Whether it’s the IP-enabled surveillance cameras for physical security or computer systems, they are also windows for unethical hackers.

The 2 most common gateways that unethical hackers have been using to target the healthcare sector include;

  1. Hidden HTTPS tunnels
  2. Data smuggling

Having said that, these 2 vulnerabilities are the biggest security gaps that can cause panic. The best ways that can bridge these gaps are listed below.

  1. A Strong Backdoor Password

An open system with a default password or a weak one is an open invitation to unethical hackers. This is one security vulnerability that’s the most discussed, and yet, it remains the most neglected. Therefore, secure all IoT devices with a different and unique password. Also, all the employees should have a different username and password handle. Make sure that the password contains;

  • No less than 8 characters
  • Characters that should be symbols, numbers, and letters

Also, every system on the internet should be provided with a firewall and an antivirus for additional safety.

  1. A Monitoring Team

A cybersecurity monitoring team is essential for hospitals just as it is for the IT sector or the Retail sector. The security team has the following responsibilities.

  • Monitoring employees movement and recognizing any suspicious behavior. Remember, 2 out of 5 times it is employees that smuggle data to unauthorized people.
  • Monitoring the network and system constantly to keep an eye on malware threat. Ransomware is the malware that’s the biggest scare for the healthcare industry.
  • Finding and fixing bugs in the cloud and system storage.
  • Reporting any serious bug directly to the software manufacturers for patching.
  1. Staff Awareness

Educating employees is of pivotal importance to reduce the risk of malware spread and phishing.

  • Employees must have clean browsing habits and they should not use the company’s system for personal use.
  • Employees must report any unusual email to the security staff instead of analyzing it personally.
  • Employees must not use tools that aren’t protected or suggested by the company.

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