Recent research conducted by CyberEdge Group for Tenable Network Security®, Inc., prompts the question, has cybersecurity readiness slipped dangerously low in the Healthcare sector?
Seven hundred security professionals surveyed for Tenable’s 2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card indicate that readiness has actually fallen since the last poll by 6% to an average overall score of 70%. The survey, which evaluates an organization’s ability to assess cybersecurity risks across ten key components of enterprise IT infrastructure, found that organizations’ overall risk assessment capabilities index was a mediocre 61%. Worse, it serves up failing grades to categories such as containerization platforms (52%) and DevOps environments (57%).
While most sectors experienced a drop since the previous survey, the new report clearly shows Healthcare confidence levels continuing to lag behind Financial Services, Manufacturing, Telecom, and Retail. And unlike the others, only HealthCare declined by a full letter grade to languish alongside Education and Government with a “D.” Healthcare saw its number of records exposed rise 217% in 2015, accounting for 19% of total records compromised (134 million).
The Healthcare community remains the most targeted sector among cybercriminals. Medical records are 10 times more valuable than data of other industries, making the healthcare industry an enticing target for hackers. Industry watchdogs warn of more sophisticated attacks to come. According to Cyber Edge’s research, the decline in risk assessment scores is one by-product of the expanding “attack surface,” as the expansion of the Internet of Things into healthcare puts patient privacy at even greater risk.
Super-secure data protection solutions are available, however. For instance, secure file sharing and collaboration technology from Cyphre lets healthcare providers share patient data with absolute confidence. Cyphre’s advanced BlackTIE® technology protects patients’ personal health information with unique, hardware-encrypted Black Keys that nullify the threat of patient data being exposed. For instance, even if a threat event occurs and an attacker is able to access a server’s memory buffers, Cyphre’s Black Keys are rendered completely unusable. Cyphre technology ensures the secure transfer of large proprietary files while complying with HIPAA Privacy Rule and Safeguards Principles and HITECH standards.
It’s clear that the Healthcare sphere must recommit to aligning security with business objectives. A majority of security practitioners claim they are optimistic about their organization’s ability to protect against future attacks. World-class encryption technology from Cyphre can be a powerful weapon in the healthcare cybersecurity arsenal. With superior encryption solutions in place, the security prognosis is hopeful for Healthcare.