Almost every device used by healthcare organizations is connected to the internet in some way. It is endpoints galore within these facilities.

The global pandemic is in its second wave, hitting harder than the first time around. It has changed the way people live, work, communicate, and do business with others. Its impact is powerful and continues to affect businesses as we head into 2021.

This is not a time to be reactive, but a time to be constantly proactive. The healthcare industry needs to be especially wary of this type of mindset. Leaders in this industry need to comprehend what data exactly lives on their networks and in doing so, they’ll be able to determine the exposure level of their organization.

It is not only the connected machines you need to worry about, but also the expenses to update hardware and software. Many new devices that are being used in the healthcare industry are released with already known vulnerabilities that need a simple patch or update to complete the securing of a device itself. There should always be someone designated to keeping up with this full-speed evolution in the healthcare industry.

In some cases, lives are on the line. Since the pandemic began, healthcare professionals have tried to operate from outside of the room. One can imagine how tiring the work for these individuals can be as they go in and out of rooms to treat patients.  What they’ve transitioned to is the control of the ventilators outside of the door to avoid gowning-in. As a result, the ventilator(s) becomes an IoT. If it’s not properly protected, it can be compromised, and a life may be at risk.

This is just one of many situations we’ve seen where convenience and accessibility take priority over the security of an endpoint. A quick change happens to help someone do their job smoothly, but simultaneously opens a potential entrance for threat actors.

In addition, other medical machines, like an MRI scanner, can be altered. It may be difficult for the human eye to articulate, but a tampered-with MRI image can indicate there is no tumor when the tumor is still actually present.

Constant pressure must be applied to those leading the front for healthcare security measures within organizations. We repeatedly mention the evolution of technology and how the knowledge of patches and updates required by these machines is vital for the avoidance of harmful attacks.

It is the IT, security, and procurement teams that need to come together to discuss the importance of this issue and in fact budget and plan for when an attack occurs. There can’t be an excuse anymore. Your physical security guard is now an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) tool enabled on the network.

Cyberattacks are prevalent and can become a serious illness to your systems. Our engineers are planning protection for organizations constantly and utilizing our EDR Platform, ShadowSpear® to maximize the security of an organization. Network defenders should apply these strategies and tools to avoid falling victim to malicious threat groups, though it usually begins with non-technical end-users. They must have an understanding of the importance of cyber awareness.

Our cybersecurity professionals are always on alert for malware and manipulative programs by building cases on the threat groups and actors that are encountered on a daily basis. Our 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC) is complete with certified security engineers to monitor and protect your environment.

Not only are they continuously preventing cyberattacks, but they can also deploy ShadowSpear® in your environment before or after an attack.