ICIT’s report provides statistics to back up their claim, but what might be more to the point is seeking at what pundits call the healthcare Wall of Shame. The US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights issues information about data violations that impact the records of nearly 500 individuals. For the 2015 calendar year, the wall depicts over 230 healthcare breaches, and that amounts to over 110 million persons having their records stolen because of no fault of their own.
Why attack the healthcare industry?
One cause is the value placed on healthcare records. For their attempt, attackers get financial, identification, and health data all nicely bundled together. Another reason is that criminals gravitate to the easiest and simplest pickings, and right now the healthcare industry is believed to be the lowest hanging fruit. As to why, well, that is complicated.
The ICIT report hints at why: “For the most part, sufferers visit the healthcare sector when something is wrong. No one cares how the patient’s birth date will be stored when the patient is in the middle of a heart attack.”
What will it take to fix?
The report claims the biggest requirement is for the creation of a data security platform that will be handled by a dedicated security team. “Instead of spreading the technical security of the organization across departments and divisions, the security team should centralize system security governance in a Systems Operation Center (SOC),” elaborates the report. “The SOC serves a central point to assess, monitor, and defend the other enterprise systems. Organization-wide applications, like change management and access limitation applications can also be managed through the SOC.”
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