Guest post by Brad Smith
The problem of cyber-attacks against the healthcare sector is not new.
Over the past year, though, there has been a massive spike in the rate of attacks happening against this sector. This calls for serious concern from healthcare players and regulators lest they fall to this new wave of cyber pandemics coursing through their ranks.
What’s the Problem?
Hackers going after the healthcare sector know that they can score a lot of good data and money at the same time.
Data theft exposes sensitive details such as patient name, social status, social security number, credit card details, insurance information, and more. Selling such data in whole or parts on the black market can fetch a pretty sum for the hacker who lands it.
In some other instances, ransomware attacks are the preferred mode.
While hacks against this sector have been going on for a long time, the pandemic brought out the worst in these hackers.
In the past, healthcare workers were protected by a combination of the IT department and other best practices deployed around the internal networks. The pandemic meant that most healthcare workers had to do their thing from home or other remote locations.
Thus, it became easier for hackers to leverage the minimal knowledge that these users had about cybersecurity to breach them. It was also much easier to compromise users, making their access the key to the entire network at large.
It’s not a lost cause
The best thing here is that the problem is identified.
Thus, the next step is solving the problem. However, unlike before, a blanket secure network cannot be deployed over all parties affected. So, here are some tips to help out today.
#1 Device Security
Every device that will be used to access sensitive data from the healthcare facility should be highly secured. Here are some tips on how:
#2 Network Security
The very network that you access the internet with could leave you compromised too. Before logging into sensitive accounts, ensure these:
#3 Account Security
Some platforms require that each user has an account to access sensitive files and data. Here are some tips to keep your account secure:
Implement the tips above across every relevant stakeholder in your healthcare facility today. That gives you a better chance against cyberattacks – and a playbook to follow if they do happen at all.
Brad Smith is a
technology expert at TurnOnVPN, a non-profit promoting safe and free internet
for all. He writes about his dream for free internet and unravels the horror
behind big techs.