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CoSoSys underlines need for cybersecurity measures to mitigate healthcare data breach

Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Friday, February 18, 2022, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

CoSoSys, a leading developer of Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions and security, observes that despite the fact that healthcare industry implements advanced cybersecurity solutions and stringent security measures, there is always the possibility that a lone hacker or an unscrupulous employee could discover one weakness in a software or hardware. This would see the healthcare provider looking down the barrel of a breach that threatens to disclose patient records and destroy its hard-earned reputation.

On a worldwide scale, the healthcare industry is among the hardest hit by data breaches, especially during the pandemic. Healthcare facilities are sometimes great targets for cyberattacks because they collect incredibly sensitive – and hence very valuable – data and store it on sometimes out-of-date systems, making it the most vulnerable, said Filip Cotfas, channel manager, CoSoSys.

In the event of a data breach, healthcare sector needs to prevent information from being stolen, reduce future harm, and restore operations as soon as possible. There is need to develop an incident response plan which is vital to stop the theft of information and fix systems so that a breach does not recur. Now this begins an incident response strategy into action as soon as a breach is spotted, he added.

A well-executed incident response strategy would limit breach impact, reduce unfavorable news, and help get back to business faster. It is also critical to maintain evidence because it is logical for a healthcare provider to resolve a potential breach as soon as possible. However, in case necessary steps are not taken then it is important to inadvertently destroy valuable forensic data used by investigators to determine how and when the breach occurred. The network needs to be secure against the current attack and make it fool proof for future attacks, he said.

In addition, the Romanian-based company emphasizes the need to restore impacted systems into service. Installing security solutions like Data Loss Prevention, designed to protect sensitive data rather than the systems provide flexible, customizable policies that enable businesses to monitor healthcare data both within and outside of the work environment.

“After determining and eliminating the source of the breach, healthcare providers need to confirm that all systems have been hardened, patched, replaced, and tested before re-introducing previously compromised systems into the work environment. This is because healthcare providers must not be caught off guard. Therefore annual table-top drills and simulation training to practice the incident response strategy needs to become a priority,” Cotfas told Pharmabiz.

We also see the need to re-evaluate the security measures and update the data breach response strategy regularly. While data breaches may appear to be unavoidable, it is important to examine the security policies of third-party vendors. For instance a healthcare provider may have a solid cybersecurity strategy in place, but the vendors with whom they engage may not. Hence healthcare providers must require vendors to demonstrate compliance with the best security practices in accordance with their cybersecurity frameworks to ensure that an adequate level of safety measures are in place to protect any data that may be transferred to these third parties for data processing or as part of outsourced services, said Cotfas.


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