5 Healthcare Cybersecurity Strategies to Prevent Cyberattacks

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In India the Healthcare sector spends a top line of 1 -5% of their budget on their IT security. Compare this with the banking and financial sector that budgets for a whopping 15 -20% of their annual IT spend on data security. Cybersecurity in healthcare in India becomes even more a priority with the National Digital Health Mission that will connect all patient health records.

The pandemic and lockdowns that followed saw a 500% increase in patients opting for online consultations with doctors. Patient Electronic Health Records (EHR) are often shared through insecure networks with multiple user access. These can be susceptible to cybercriminals and be compromised through malware. Information stored in health care institutions is not just patient health data but also medical insurance and billing information and this has high value in the black market.

Healthcare cybersecurity strategies to protect data

July 15th, 2019 and the hospital receptionist at MGM Hospital in Mumbai came in to work and started her computer but was not able to login.  When hospital system administrator Amit Vavhal tried to get into the system to check her complaint, he was stunned by the message he read on the screen. The attacker’s message read that they had encrypted all the data and the hospital would have to pay them in bitcoin for decryption. While a cybercrime was filed, all processes were switched to manual paperwork, including billing, while scheduled operations had to be cancelled.

55% of healthcare companies in the US alone have faced cyberattacks, the data for India is not known. Here are the top 5 ways to ensure information security in healthcare to prevent cyberatta