In the last couple of months, the world has witnessed the destruction and handcuffs put on businesses by viruses like WannaCry and Petya/NotPetya, consuming the networks and bank accounts of companies around the world. WannaCry alone is estimated to have cost $8 billion in damages and days after Petya/NotPetya, billion-dollar companies were still reporting a slow recovery and tens of millions in lost revenue.
Many industries are stepping up their game when it comes to security systems and prioritizing security efforts to prevent attacks like these. However, the trend of attacks on the medical industry is rising due their dependence on technology and outdated medical systems which are woefully unprepared to deal with a new class of criminals.
Just how vulnerable is health care?
These computer viruses create havoc through many industries who have been late to switch to digital record keeping. The Health Care system has been late to prioritizing network security, making them extremely vulnerable to hackers. The most common cyber threats to healthcare are data theft attacks, which typically start from something as simple as a phishing attack.
Doctors and medical facilities are still unable to use a very popular transcription service made by Nuance, one of the U.S. companies hit hardest by the June 27th Petya/NotPetya malware attacks. The reality is the virus’s intent was to disrupt and destroy data, disguised as a ransomware. A.P. Moller-Maersk, WWP, Merck & Co., Russian Banks, Ukrainian Banks, Power Grid, Ukrainian International Airport, United Kingdom’s National Health Service, Spain’s Telefoncia, Lloyds of London, FedEx and Deutsche Bahn were also infiltrated, among many other large entities around the world.
The Healthcare industry carries with it many unique challenges, relying heavily on technology and bearing responsibility for maintaining sensitive health records. This creates an enormous number of opportunities for attacks on healthcare systems. Medical data is made up of test results and diagnoses, but it also includes Social Security numbers, dates of birth, contact information, and driver's license numbers. Together, this information creates an online identity, which is often used by hackers for malicious purposes
Healthcare organizations are obligated to their patients to protect their medical and financial data. When security measures fall short leaving them vulnerable to a breach, trust is broken with their consumers, leaving their consumers to change providers, change doctors or even take legal actions against them. It is time for providers to take security theft more seriously and take the appropriate actions to protect them self and patients.
What Enteracloud can do to help?
Choosing the right IT solution as a healthcare provider is one of the most important decisions Health care IT can make. Many Organizations are turning to Managed Service providers to lower cost, increase Security and increase productivity by eliminating down time due to a cyberattack. Enteracloud’s managed services can provide; guaranteed response times, ability to support a business continuity plan, manage application performance, manage audits, maintain & train compliant staffers, application hosting, application services, infrastructure Services, strategic outsourcing, computing solutions, and consulting.
Enteracloud’s Healthcare Cloud Managed Services give healthcare organizations the flexibility to affordably outsource the management of their IT infrastructure to highly skilled experts. We use best practices in managing IT infrastructure for HIPPA compliance along with data security, monitoring, patch management, and professional services which are all incorporated in our complete Cloud Managed Services. Focus your IT resources and staff on initiatives that improve patient care, and leave the rest to Enteracloud!