Cyberattacks X Healthcare: Nipping It in The Bud

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The healthcare sector is one of the most heavily targeted by scammers, hackers, and other threat actors.

The reason for that is not far-fetched.

From the health sector database, it is easy to determine not only a person’s health status but where they live, their possible income level, and other sensitive details about them.

The barrage of heath sector-related breaches in the past few years confirms that. From the time when the pandemic had been in full swing till now, there have been more attacks. Not only that but there are also more chances for the attacks to be successful.

The risks facing the healthcare sector now

The collection of patient data is important in any aspect of the healthcare model.

The pandemic accelerated the need for that so that patients can be monitored and studied to understand how best to address the entire situation.

Since the world has not dealt with such a global virus attack before, it falls to reason that makeshift systems (which are not as robust) are created for the collection, collation, and usage of these data.

Likewise, more healthcare workers are working from remote locations these days.

That means that they are now without the network security framework that used to cover them when they were at their places of work. This makes it easy for hackers to breach their networks and devices, obtain sensitive data and use it for sinister purposes.

These alone are serious causes for concern that should be addressed ASAP lest the sector loses the trust of patients that it has been entrusted with.

Fighting back

None of these threats should be taken lying down. Fortunately, healthcare organizations and the people working for them can take these simple approaches to secure their databases better and faster.

Tip #1 – Device Security

The very devices that you access the internet with should be secured. Here’s how:

  • Set secure passwords for your devices. Use an online password generator
  • Store your secure logins in a password manager so you never have to remember them
  • Set up 2FA where you can
  • Make sure your device is not rigged with spyware
  • Set app and program permissions
  • Uninstall sideloaded apps. Stay away from them
  • Only install apps and programs from trusted vendors.
  • Never leave your device unattended when away from the home
  • Don’t connect strange/ untrusted external devices to your computer units
  • Install an antimalware to do automatic sweeps of your device

Tip #2 – Network Integrity

If hackers could take control of an aquarium’s thermostat to steal data from a casino, they could breach your network too. Do these to make that impossible:

  • Change the default usernames passwords on your router
  • Never connect to free or public Wi-Fi networks
  • Always layer your internet connection over a VPN service for network encryption
  • Make sure all devices connected to a personal network are secure
  • Update your Wi-Fi router firmware and software when prompted

Keep an eye out

Securing your device and network might look basic but it solves a lot of headaches. Try these today and stand a better chance of staying off the hacker’s radars.

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