How Healthcare Can Adapt to Cyber Threats

As the healthcare advances in technology, cybersecurity threats rise. Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly more creative with their hacks, making the need to up security direr. With the rise of security incidents such as WannaCry or the proliferation of cryptocurrency coin miners, there is a growing risk of disrupting the delivery of healthcare. The healthcare industry must now adapt to a more comprehensive and security-centric strategy. There are a number of ways the industry is planning on advancing their security:

How Cybercriminals Attack
Cybercriminals have become quite crafty with how the attack the healthcare system. One of the new and most popular ways is exploiting the software supply chain. Since the health industry heavily relies on a network of partners, attackers will choose a supply-chain-based attack to breach an organization or to get to one of their suppliers.

This kind of attack can take up to three forms: hijacking a supplier’s domain to direct traffic to an infected domain, directly compromising the software of a supplier, or targeting any third-party hosting services. The healthcare industry is at high risk for these kinds of cyber attacks because of how much they use third-party partners and services.

The Latest Industry Breach Trends
Security breaches that involve data of more than 500 people are the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). By posting their findings of each breach on the HHS OCR Breach Portal, they provide data that can be analyzed to find the latest cyber security trends in the healthcare industry. Analyzing this data found that the number of breaches in the industry rose 10 percent within the last year. As the number of breaches is increasing, the healthcare industry’s security approach is beginning to change.

A study by HHS Analytics found that 40 percent of healthcare organizations cybersecurity is a scheduled item of discussion among the boardroom. The HHS also reported that the three biggest figures holding health organizations back from reaching a higher level of cybersecurity back were budget, staffing and skill set. The healthcare industry understands that the cybersecurity concerns are high and are in need of a stronger security program that is more broadly focused and go beyond HIPAA compliance.

Best Security for Healthcare
With so many cybersecurity threats for the healthcare industry, there is a desperate need for protection against hackers. Healthcare industries and organizations stand a chance against these cybercriminals by seeing cybersecurity as a business risk, address it regularly at a board level, hire qualified employees for new security roles or even consider the security implications when purchasing equipment. By incorporating these security measures, industries have a better chance against cyber attackers and hackers.