The COVID pandemic has given cybercriminals a golden opportunity. According to the CEO of Cynerio, Leon Lerman, the attacks on business servers and their systems have increased by a startling 300 percent since the pandemic started. One of the most affected sectors is healthcare. Not only are they going through the pressure from the spreading of the virus, but they are also under constant threat from cybercriminals and have to take preventive measures to preserve clinical networks, medical services, and ensure the safety of patients.
How Vulnerable Is The Healthcare System?
You might wonder why the healthcare system is targeted. What can anyone gain from it? How safe is the data in the sector? Let’s look at how vulnerable the health sector is.
Personal Health Information
The PHI is extremely valued, especially in the black market, and can cost thousands. Keeping it from the hands of an attacker is crucial.
Poor Security Systems
The increase in the standard of security in other sectors does not apply in the health sector. Many were not designed to connect to networks and do not have any built-in protocols. In fact, around 70 percent of IoMT devices use Windows that are not supported now.
The Usual Does Not Work
The working of IoMT devices is not like that of others. They even have different communication patterns. If not regulated, standard firewall and NAC policies could hinder the normal functioning of the important devices leading to a threat to patient safety.
Movement Of Healthcare Devices
The number of IoMT devices connected now is around 50 million and it is predicted to grow to 50 billion by 2028. These devices are often moved to different wards or sometimes even to another locality without any security measures. Therefore, it is best to monitor those using IoMT asset management solutions.
Increase In The Number Of Attacks
The attacks on healthcare systems in the old times used to be much difficult. Nowadays, amateur hackers can easily carry out attacks on non-medical devices and can cause harm.
How Can We Prevent Attacks Using IoT Solutions?
One of the best ways to avoid cyberattacks is by educating everyone, from patients to employees, about cyberthreats and healthy cybersecurity practices.
Zero Trust Security
Zero trust security adaption will ensure that any attack will not reach sensitive information like electronic personal health information (ePHI). Having a Zero trust security prevents the threat from affecting these information.
Segment The Network
By segmenting the network, you can reduce the extent of the area affected during a cyberattack.
Employ IoT Security Solutions
IoT security solutions can easily work with IT healthcare tools and manage security projects.
Even though the current situation is not preferable, we can make it better by the optimum use of advanced IoT facilities.