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What are the Challenges of Health Care Security?
A significant challenge the healthcare industry faces today is Data security. Healthcare organizations have to deal with vast amounts of sensitive data, and also they lack the expertise and necessary tools to protect themselves.
Fremont, CA: Recent cybercrimes in many healthcare industries led them to realize the necessity of data security. The industry now understands the importance, but there are some challenges that remain.
Let’s discuss some challenges of healthcare data security:
Some healthcare organizations recently experienced ransomware attacks, and some were successful. Healthcare data is valuable, and an organization can’t operate without this. It includes lots of sensitive information, and that’s why cybercriminals are targeting healthcare to get a payout. In this digital world, Industries are using data; healthcare is no different. As long as digital data is used, it is essential to prepare for ransomware.
Medical mobile applications are another threat to the healthcare industry. Adopting these medical applications is rising. But making medical care more accessible also creates some threats.
Most of the risks arise from the user’s side, and most are unaware of the importance of data security. To avoid these risks, users can use some security steps like multi-factor authentication and avoiding public WI-FI, but most of them are not aware of it. App developers and organizations should consider this and secure these applications.
Another technology trend that is becoming a threat to the healthcare industry is the Internet of Things(IoT). The lack of proper security implications on IoT makes it vulnerable. Healthcare industries are using IoT to streamline operations and improve data reporting. But these devices can be vulnerable, and cybercriminals can take advantage of these vulnerabilities.
According to one study, most healthcare organizations experience security issues through IoT devices. Therefore, improving IoT Security standards is the only effective method to reduce these attacks.
Not all security issues come from technology. Many hospitals lack staff, funding, necessary tools and expertise to protect themselves from these attacks. This could be a major reason behind cybercrimes happening.
Proper security education and advancing technologies can resolve most security issues. But data security remains a significant challenge for healthcare industries, especially with the increase of more complex cyberattacks. Overcoming these obstacles may require nationwide effort.