Thu. Feb 27th, 2020

Health Care Sector Facing Cyber Security Challenges

The security technologies that are currently being used by various healthcare organizations are out of date and are unable to cope with the fast growing innovations in the field of medical technology as well as the increasingly complex cyber-attacks.

Many organizations are currently running signature and the security information and event management (SIEM) tools based on rules that are incapable of finding out the complicated attacks. These programs usually drown the security teams in their massive noise, producing a stream of alerts, false positives, and missed indicators. As a result, the security teams have to spend their time in investigating the irrelevant alerts, whereas the real ones have been buried by the noise. These out of date security technologies have a huge impact on the efficiency of security programs for health care and leave the organizations vulnerable to attack.

Attackers have now realized the monetary value of making healthcare organizations having patient records a target and are fetching high prices on the black market. For example, records of stolen healthcare have been worth 10 times more than the numbers of credit card on the black market. As a result, the attackers have started using various wicked techniques for infiltrating healthcare organizations and stealing their data.

The changing threat which is continuing alongside a growing reliance on the medical software, hardware as well as digital data in the industry of healthcare has created several new challenges for cyber security. Solving these problems and trying to protect the privacy of the patient’s data could be made easier by the implementation of specific cyber security strategies. For instance, replacing the signature and the tools of rule-based security information and event management (SIEM) with the Next-Gen SIEM solutions.