COVID-19 won’t be here forever, but cybercriminals will!
Leveraging the COVID-19 situation, cybercriminals are targeting SMEs and even large enterprises to steal valuable information. Many reports claim that cybercrimes have doubled in the last couple of months.
The healthcare industry is one of the latest victims of cybercriminals. According to Accenture, the healthcare industry has witnessed around 41% increase in cyberattacks. The report also says that the healthcare industry on average experiences 130 data breaches in a year.
However, as a healthcare IT consultant, I have recently noticed that healthcare organizations are ramping up their efforts to safeguard patient data. And for that, they are deploying many technologies, solutions and unique cost-effective ideas.
The technologies, solutions and ideas healthcare startups are deploying are so effective that other startups can learn cybersecurity lessons from healthcare startups. Today, in this blog, I will share the same. I will list down 6 cybersecurity lessons learned from healthcare organizations in 2020 during COVID-19.
How are healthcare startups avoiding cybercriminals? (Learning from other startups!)
Avoiding cybercriminals or ensuring data security is not a task, it is the process. And a process is always more complicated than a task. But here is how healthcare organizations are streamlining the process, the cybersecurity process.
- Determine the cybersecurity risks level
Not all healthcare startups are on the radar of cybercriminals. Thus, it is a rational idea to determine the possibility of a cyberattack or to determine the cybersecurity risks level. This process enables organizations to know the threat level – whether they are on the radar of cybercriminals or not.
To find the cybersecurity risks level, healthcare organizations simply link the type of data they store to the motive of cybercriminals. For instance, if a healthcare organization stores medical images of patients and not the patient’s personal and financial data, they should not invest more in cybersecurity.
But if a healthcare organization stores many valuable data of the patients, accommodates less-trained staff and works with legacy networks, they should worry about cybersecurity as their cybersecurity risk is high.
Learning for other startups: You should invest only after confirming that you are the potential target! If you do not store any crucial data, you don’t have to allocate your resources to cybersecurity.
- Find the loopholes through technical assessment
A network has many open doors or errors which work as the opportunities for hackers to get access to databases. They usually scan the network and attack the ‘fragile part’. Thus, it is important to find the loopholes in the network and fix it to close the entry doors for the cybercriminals.
Carrying out the technical assessment is the best way to find loopholes in the network. It is designed to yield the vulnerability in the network. A technical assessment does not only aim to find the vulnerabilities, but it also aims to quantify and prioritize the vulnerabilities.
So, now when cybersecurity experts know the loopholes which cybercriminals can leverage to attack, the cybersecurity experts can easily avoid the attack by fixing the loopholes.
Learning for other startups:
This is the best method to avoid cyber attacks. You should find the open doors in your network and close it to prevent the undetected entry of hackers into your network.
- Software configuration assessment
A healthcare organization uses a number of software to streamline operations. They also use a lot of complex software. Sometimes, the poor configuration of these complex software creates easy paths for cybercriminals to attack the enterprise network as cybercriminals are many times using software to get access to the network or a server.
Learning for other startups:
While installing software on a computer device connected in the enterprise network, make sure the authenticity of the software and do not change the installation setting or software setting without the proper knowledge.
- Quick incident response
Regardless of the efforts healthcare organizations put to safeguard the network, cybercriminals many times find ways to penetrate the security measures. In such a scenario, only a quick incident response is hope.
Healthcare organizations always pay extra heed to incident response. They form a team which quickly takes control over the network and close the paths for attackers before they cause havoc.
The incident response team utilizes many security tools to monitor the network in real-time. If they identify any unusual activity or the system alerts them, they quickly put best practices to work to prevent cybercriminals from getting system access.
Learning for other startups:
Always work best but prepare for the worst. Cybercriminals can anytime, anyhow bypass the security of your system. So, be proactive and prepared.
- Train the staff
Generally, staff working in the healthcare organization lacks the knowledge of the cybersecurity which leads them to click on any malicious links or commit any costly mistake. Thus, healthcare organizations are putting emphasis on staff training. They give basic knowledge about cybersecurity and their deployed network to the staff and keep testing the staff’s cybersecurity knowledge after a fixed interval.
Learning for other startups:
If your staff does not follow cyber hygiene, things can easily go messy as staff members have network access and they spend the majority of their time around it.
- Always deploy feature-packed security solution including firewall
To ensure cybersecurity, deploying software security solutions as well as hardware security solutions is the basic requirement. But a premium security solution works more precisely and efficiently than an affordable security solution. Thus, healthcare organizations generally deploy premium feature-packed security solutions, especially a firewall.
A feature-packed firewall costs a bit more than the basic firewall. But a feature-packed firewall is worth the money. It does not only safeguard the enterprise network but offers many flexibilities and real-time network data to the admin.
- Admin can know the connected network and find the data usage of each network.
- Admin can know the top sources of threats to a network.
- Admin can know the most affected network.
- Admin can impose content filtering to prevent users from opening irrelevant sites.
- Admin can know every single activity of the users on that network.
Learning for other startups:
An ‘affordable security solution’ is the myth, actually!
In a nutshell:
Cybersecurity is the challenge for any startup serving in any industry. An ever-increasing number of cybersecurity attacks clearly depicts that it is a much bigger problem for startups than COVID-19.
However, there is one industry that is pulling out all dots to curb the coronavirus as well as cyberattacks. In this blog, we have discussed 6 ways of how healthcare organizations are safeguarding crucial patient data.
These ways are,
- Confirm the level of cyberattack risk
- Find the loopholes in the network and fix it
- Do not configure the software without proper knowledge
- Form an incident response team
- Train the staff
- Opt for feature-packed security solutions
Cyber Breaches Impact Nonprofit Organizations Beyond Finances at , Says Info-Tech Research Group
The firm’s latest research-backed blueprint explains how nonprofits can bolster their defenses against data breaches by proactively assessing existing privacy and security gaps to implement improvements.
The modern digital landscape has significantly amplified the potential for sensitive data leaks and theft. Data breaches at nonprofit organizations in particular can result in heightened risks and as they compromise the wellbeing of their members, donors, and users, causing disruptions to nonprofits’ day-to-day operations. These consequences extend beyond finances and include operational disruptions, service delays, and potential penalties. To aid nonprofit organizations in safeguarding their stakeholders’ information, Info-Tech Research Group, a leading global IT research and advisory firm, has released its latest industry blueprint, Strengthen Your Nonprofit’s Privacy and Security Operations.
“It’s crucial for nonprofit organizations to remember that if privacy and security fall short, it may become impossible to carry out tasks and initiatives that fulfill their mission,” says Monica Pagtalunan, research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group. “Data breaches can put members, donors, and users at risk, disrupt nonprofit operations, expose liability, and ruin the reputation and revenue nonprofits have built. The stakes for nonprofits are much higher than for for-profit businesses.”
Info-Tech’s resource explains that a nonprofit organization’s fiduciary obligation and mission promise to prioritize the stakeholders’ interests must include its obligation to protect IT assets that hold their personal data through privacy and cybersecurity protocols. However, nonprofits face several obstacles in combating data breaches, including prioritizing mission-focused budgets over operational ones, a lack of defined cybersecurity and privacy foundations, and an inaccurate reliance on cyber insurance as a sole solution.
“Nonprofits are starting to pay attention to data security, yet they loathe to make changes that mitigate cyber risks due to lack of capital and human resources, which remain major obstacles to the path of maturity and consistency,” explains Pagtalunan.
According to Info-Tech’s research, the foremost concern for nonprofits is the risk of information leakage, which affects the entire organization and is not limited to IT alone. There are several processes where a nonprofit may be exposed to the risk of a data leak, including data collection, processing donations or event registrations, or transferring data to the cloud. The impacted data can include sensitive, personally identifiable information of donors, members, and users. The potential impacts can include the following:
- Exposed confidential or sensitive information
- Inaccessible data and a compromised environment
- Reputational damage and the loss of support and revenue
- Legal or regulatory fines and investigations
- Organization-wide interruption
To combat data breaches, Info-Tech advises nonprofit organizations adopt a comprehensive approach, which includes effectively communicating the importance of robust cybersecurity and privacy programs to key stakeholders using language that aligns with the organization’s goals. Additionally, evaluating the intersection of privacy and security measures will help in understanding how to mitigate the risk of data leaks or loss of donor or member information. Taking the crucial first step of assessing existing privacy and security gaps enables nonprofits to proactively address vulnerabilities and enhance their overall defense against data breaches.
Managing security operations is an ongoing and continuous responsibility for organizations. Despite obstacles like the cybersecurity skills gap and limited IT resources, allocating appropriate oversight and supervision is crucial to ensure effective security and privacy operations. In cases where assembling an in-house IT team is not feasible, Info-Tech recommends outsourcing as the ideal option.
Info-Tech Research Group is one of the world’s leading information technology research and advisory firms, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals. The company produces unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. For 25 years, Info-Tech has partnered closely with IT teams to provide them with everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.
Cybersecurity Company Safetech Launches in London
- Safetech Innovations Global Services (“Safetech”) launches today in London at Plexal, the innovation hub for tech change-makers.
- With today’s launch, Safetech combines their unparalleled, global cybersecurity expertise with the UK’s legacy of being at the cutting edge of cyber development.
- The launch marks one of the most significant Romanian private investments into the UK tech sector post-Brexit.
Cybersecurity company Safetech Innovations Global Services (“Safetech”) launches today in London to provide cybersecurity services and training to British critical infrastructure and organisations which are most vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks including healthcare, financial services, retail, and local government.
For the past decade, Safetech’s parent company has been at the forefront of cybersecurity developments in Romania, a global sector leader. Today Safetech officially launches in the UK, bringing together Safetech’s unparalleled global cybersecurity expertise with the UK’s legacy being at the cutting edge of cyber development. Safetech will also build a new Security Operations Centre at Plexal Stratford, the innovation hub for tech change-makers and the legacy site of the 2012 Olympic Park.
This launch marks one of the most significant private investments into the UK tech sector by a Romanian company since Brexit, and will create highly skilled local jobs to service clients around the world.
Safetech is a Department of Business and Trade supported organisation.
“Anything with a digital interface can be hacked – but having the most advanced technology is only half the battle in protecting organisations from cybercrime. You must also understand the behaviour of cyber criminals and how they prey on your vulnerabilities. By combining our expertise in both the technology and people involved in cybercrime, we keep our customers safe,” said Anca Stancu, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Safetech Innovations Global Services. “I’m proud to launch Safetech here in London as testament to the strength of the British market, and to continue Britain’s legacy being at the cutting edge of cyber development.”
“I’m pleased to celebrate the launch of Safetech in the United Kingdom, as yet another example of the strong Romanian-British partnership,” said Laura Popescu, Romanian Ambassador to the UK. “Romania is a world leader in cybersecurity, and I hope this significant investment in the UK technology sector will attract even more business for our two nations.”
“I’m excited and humbled that Safetech has chosen to base their headquarters at our Plexal Stratford location and will also build their new Security Operations Centre here,” said Andrew Roughan, Chief Executive of Plexal. “Safetech is emblematic of Plexal’s mission to bring together expertise and innovation in technology, from industry leaders to government policymakers, and solve the greatest challenges facing the UK.”
The 3 Most Modern Methods of Cyber Security Protecting Businesses in 2022
Cybercrime takes many forms, many of which can be devastating for businesses. Computer viruses can damage software and hardware, causing some operations to slow down or cease completely. Malware attacks can release programs onto computers and servers that can cripple them. Ransomware attacks can result in denials of service or the loss of sensitive information unless money is paid to the cybercriminals. Cybercrime represents a clear and present danger to any organization. No company is truly immune from the effects of cybercrime, and it is a sobering fact that acts of cybercrime continue to rise around the world. Businesses of all sizes need to protect themselves from the threats posed by cybercrime. In this article, three main ways in which this can be achieved will be described.
Take out cyber insurance
A growing trend amongst corporations from a wide range of sectors is to take out comprehensive cyber insurance plans with a provider specializing in this insurance field. A good cyber insurance plan will include cover and financial protection from system damage that typically occurs in the wake of a cybercrime. In addition, if an act of cybercrime directly affects your customers you will have protection from any liability claims on their part. If money is extorted because of a ransomware attack or theft from online accounts, this can also be covered against. When taking out a cyber insurance plan, pay attention to exactly what is covered and what is not. A comprehensive cyber insurance policy covers all major types of cybercrime and allows the business to feel assured that elevated levels of protection and cover are in place.
One of the most powerful tools in the battle against cybercrime is having a highly educated and knowledgeable workforce who are fully aware of the methods used by cybercriminals and the impacts of a successful cyber attack on a business. Research strongly suggests that education in the methods and effects of cybercrime is at least as important as protection against these acts. In many instances, employees can prevent cybercrime from taking place through vigilance and knowledge. For example, a malicious email containing malware can be identified easily with the right level of training and education. Ideally, this cybercrime education should be delivered to staff by regular training sessions in addition to mandatory training packages provided annually and to new starters.
Strong IT infrastructure
Finally, another key weapon in the war against cybercrime is ensuring that IT systems and networks are protected against cyber attacks. Companies should ensure that their IT departments install strong firewall software within their IT networks. This is a key way in which IT professionals can identify threats and subsequently quarantine them before any damage or theft takes place. In addition, having modern and regularly updated antivirus software installed across all IT platforms and smart devices can effectively minimize the risk of virus attacks. Today, antivirus software and modern firewall systems can identify and protect against an immense range of cyber attacks.
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