The healthcare industry handles copious amounts of sensitive data. From insurance claims information to financial and personal data, healthcare providers and health-related organizations represent a treasure trove of at-risk data that attracts cybercriminals at an alarming rate.
In fact, cybercrime is on the rise in this sector, with 2015, 2016, and 2107 breaking records for sizable data breaches. In 2019, the number of healthcare breaches tripled from the previous year, with hackers gaining access to more than 40 million personal records.
With targeted cyberattacks becoming more successful, healthcare organizations need to direct their cybersecurity efforts to prevent and detect possible attacks before access is gained.
However, maintaining a secure IT environment in the healthcare industry is an elusive goal. There are large numbers of connected devices, some of which are used in direct patient care. Additionally, many healthcare organizations run on outdated systems that remain in place due to financial constraints.
How Managed IT Can Prevent — and Detect — Cybercrime
Healthcare organizations need to rely on an increasingly complex IT environment to function, and yet many times, much of their infrastructure is made up of outdated legacy-style equipment. With budget constraints always a factor, healthcare providers must choose very carefully where to spend their IT monies.
Fortunately, a managed services provider (MSP) can assist in safeguarding the integrity of sensitive data such as medical records, financial information, and personal data using state-of-the-art technologies with affordable upfront monthly pricing.
Mitigating Threats Through Prevention
Not only are healthcare companies held to typical data protection standards, they must also follow strict compliance guidelines set out by HIPAA, HITRUST, and HITECH, among others. These standards ensure the exchange of patient information among insurers, healthcare providers, and others are regulated through standardized security protocols.
Managed IT provides security solutions that not only ensure compliance but enhance day-to-day operations to ensure high levels of productivity and minimize staff frustration.
Risk assessment and risk management protocols are an essential component of a strong managed IT plan. Your MSP will conduct a thorough assay of your current infrastructure, pinpoint weaknesses, and optimize systems for both cost and protection benefits.
Maintenance and upgrades are ongoing, so all hardware and software security patches occur immediately upon their release, reducing vulnerabilities as soon as they are discovered.
Furthermore, with managed IT, this is all accomplished without additional strain on in-house IT departments, freeing them up to focus on more mission-critical tasks.
Mitigating Threats Through Detection
Once your system is equipped with compliance and prevention security measures, state-of-the-art threat detection intelligence is applied to analyze and monitor your system on an ongoing basis.
Constant monitoring allows for suspicious activity to be spotted — and resolved — instantly to protect your IT assets and thwart incoming threats. Real-time threat assessment is conducted on potential questionable activities to prevent an attack before it occurs.
Your managed IT team is cognizant of evolving threats and takes proactive measures to lock down data as new vulnerabilities emerge.
Mitigating Threats Through Disaster Planning
With cybercriminals constantly developing new and more complex ways to steal data, it’s important to be prepared in the event an attack succeeds. Your managed IT team will create and deploy a strong disaster recovery plan that can keep your organization running in the event of data theft or loss.
Disaster recovery plans are tailored for each entity, but often include data redundancies, hybrid data storage, automated backups, and a plan to prioritize the restoration of any hardware and software compromised in a breach.
The Perry proTECH Advantage? State-of-the-Art Security for Your Healthcare Organization
Our Managed IT team at Perry proTECH brings your healthcare organization a cost-effective security platform that ensures compliance, reduces vulnerabilities, and provides state-of-the-art threat management for your virtual and physical infrastructure.
Using the most secure data storage options such as public and private cloud solutions will create an extra layer of protection surrounding your critical data. Our IT professionals have the latest knowledge to prevent and detect emerging threats and to keep your network healthy to minimize downtime and disruptions.
And, in the event your system is compromised, we provide an iron-clad disaster recovery plan that ensures patient care and organization function is minimally disrupted.
Don’t fall prey to the next wave of healthcare-related cybercrime. Contact a Perry proTECH consultant today to learn more about Managed IT services.