Data-Centric Approach Starves Data-Hungry Cybercriminals

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Create a PHI Off Switch

Most health care organizations have perimeter security tools in place to protect information but lack protection when PHI is in use. Improper device disposal or any mishandling of PHI can expose the data, allowing it to be localized, copied or printed. Health care organizations need the ability to render PHI useless as needed. This off switch enables a level of data protection making PHI immediately unavailable to those on or off the network, malicious or otherwise.

Health care breaches reached an all-time high last year, as employees and patients of major health care organizations found themselves victims of cyber attacks. Health care records have grown in value. Because they contain credit card data, email addresses, social security numbers, employment information and medical history, these records are both a desirable target for cybercriminals looking for a quick payout or, for the long con, a vehicle to engineer convincing correspondence to enter a corporate network via phishing. Whether stealing an identity, phishing for a payout or setting up a ransomware attack, compromised data, once out, is out forever.

Health care organizations have been easy targets. With a focus on compliance, important security measures are all too often lacking. A data-centric security approach could easily bring health care organizations up to speed, securing protected health information (PHI) at its origin regardless of where it resides.

Incorporating security capabilities such as encryption, better control and management of PHI and a data security framework will help alleviate health care organizations, employees and patients of the burden breaches take on their lives and boost confidence in their ability to trust their personal information is safe.

In this slideshow, Ron Arden, Fasoo, outlines steps organizations can take to better protect their critically important data and mitigate the risks of a data breach.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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