What more could the healthcare sector do to stay protected and compliant?

“The healthcare industry is so far behind the curve, that the list of things the industry needs is now very long. This is as a result of decades of underinvestment in cybersecurity, network architecture and IT system management. The industry needs to adopt and embrace the ZeroTrust security framework by implementing strong authentication and highly granular access controls for those who work in the industry.

“It also needs to apply ZeroTrust principles to its networks and connected assets by implementing multi-tiered software defined networks and micro-segmentation of medical and other high-risk connected IoT assets. With IoMT making up more than 75% of hospital endpoints, the internet of medical things (IoMT) represents the open back door to healthcare security. Most of these devices were never designed with security in mind, few are ever patched against known vulnerabilities, and most go largely unmanaged by their different owners. Connected on one side to medical networks and the other side often to a patient, these systems present a huge patient safety risk as well as a useful and easy foothold for perpetrators on healthcare networks.

“Most healthcare providers have almost no idea what actually connects to their medical networks, what risks each of those endpoints represents, or how to remedy those risks if they knew what they were. The industry badly needs intelligent and highly automated tools to manage connected IoT and OT systems. It also needs to do a much better job of training staff in security awareness so that attacks can be quickly identified and thwarted. Finally, it needs to plan for security incidents and practice security incident response capabilities along with disaster recovery and business continuity planning. It’s no longer a question of if a hospital is attacked, but how often and what damage will it sustain as a result?”

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