In the wake of the Community Health Systems breach, it’s almost easy to forget the Heartbleed shockwave from earlier this year. The industry is left with many questions, all of them complicated by the international component brought to light by our latest, mass security violation.
Is The Industry Underprepared?
According to an article at CIO, Daniel Nutkis, CEO of the Health Information Trust Alliance, the industry should stay the course, and continue with our current IT security standards. “Nothing observed would suggest existing defenses, countermeasures or compensating controls are not sufficient. This is not something that's new,” Nutkis is quoted as saying.
At the same time, the FBI has warned that, in general, the healthcare industry is under threat from “malicious actors,” and, according to Health IT Outcomes, healthcare IT security systems typically are not as strong as other industries.
Is The Cloud Hurting?
Cloud computing is becoming much more common in healthcare, and with all the benefits that it does bring, there are also, of course, risks. Security Info Watch, in a conversation with Experian Data Breach Resolution VP, Michael Bruemmer, noted that because of the expansive nature of Big Data and the cloud, that there would not only be general increased potential for breaches, but that healthcare in particular is at risk.
What Does Preparation Look Like?
While healthcare has been, and likely will continue to be, somewhat slow in the reaction to international breaches, Experian provides useful advice around international data breaches that are applicable to the healthcare industry.
To read more on network security for hospitals, see, “6 Critical Pressure Points Of Healthcare Network Security.”