Healthcare providers have had a lot on their plates during the last few years as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc throughout the industry. Now, savvy cybercriminals are taking advantage of this chaos to gain access to sensitive and mission-critical data that can result in a number of adverse events such as lowered patient care, reputational damage, and even crippling financial issues resulting from legal actions and fines.
To combat this increase in cyberattacks, smart healthcare organizations are turning a closer eye on incident response mechanisms. An incident response refers to the specific way an organization chooses to handle breaches, cyberthreats, and other security incidents. An incident response plan (IRP) focuses on identifying, containing, and reducing the hard and soft costs of any security incident. Having an IRP is critical to strengthening your organization’s security posture to help avoid attacks; keeping business continuity on target in the event of a breach; minimizing any losses resulting from a breach; and identifying and solving vulnerabilities and weaknesses swiftly.
Three Reasons You Need an Incident Response Plan Right Now
There are many reasons to have a strong incident response plan (IRP) as part of your overall cybersecurity strategy. For healthcare organizations, the reasons outlined below are some of the most compelling:
Modern Hackers Have Evolved Techniques That Move Swiftly
A recent study showed that hackers can gain access — and full control — over 93% of networks in as few as two days and many passwords, even ones that are up to 8 characters, can be cracked instantly. What is worse is that, in some cases, it can take up to an average of 196 days to identify a data breach. And that is what makes IRPs so important. With the time from first contact to infiltration narrowing, companies have less time to mitigate detected security incidents unless they have defined strategies in place.
Insurers Understand the Threat and They are Taking Action
Organizations that understand the wide-ranging and sometimes devastating impact a data breach or security incident can have on their finances, reputation, and more have begun turning to cybersecurity insurance policies to help reduce any potential impact. However, with cyber incidents occurring at a higher rate, insurers are declining to cover organizations that don’t take the proper precautions. Coverage can be denied, or premiums may be higher for those not being proactive with their cybersecurity strategies.
Health IT is Evolving — So Should Security
The healthcare industry is evolving rapidly, with telehealth options and an accelerated adoption of digital technologies such as cloud computing helping to deliver a higher quality of patient care and ensure better health outcomes. However, each change in technology can cause issues in IRPs. Ownership and management of each technology — whether it is an emergency medical record system or a new online appointment setting feature — must be determined up front so that security procedures can be developed and documented.
Perry proTECH’s Managed IT Team is Your Source for Leading-Edge Cybersecurity
The landscape of healthcare is constantly changing, and never more so than as the industry continues to move forward — and through — the remains of the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers must consider when and if to adopt new technologies and how to adapt to the increasingly sophisticated methods used by modern day hackers.
At Perry proTECH, we offer a full complement of Managed IT services that can help your healthcare organization be prepared to defend against evolving cyberthreats. Our experts have leading-edge knowledge and technologies that can help you protect proactively against potential events. Our holistic approach considers all aspects of your operation — from hardware and software to peripherals and processes. In this way, we can provide a proactive plan that provides a high level of control and governance for fast response to incidents and the highest level of security.
Don’t let slow incident response leave your healthcare organization vulnerable. Contact a Perry proTECH consultant and explore how our IT experts can create a custom-tailored IRP for you today.