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Cyber Recommendations for Healthcare


By NIIT Editorial

Published on 11/03/2021

6 minutes

Healthcare is a soft target for digital adversaries aiming for an easy kill in cyberspace. The sector is composed of private vendors who offer software as a service but often aren’t able to back the systems up with as good a firewall as they should. Moreover, given the plethora of customer information that is to be gained by exploiting cyber weaknesses, it is a well-accepted fact that healthcare cybersecurity needs improvement. Here are a couple of recommendations the implementation of which could see local healthcare systems perform stronger against incessant hacking attempts. 

 

Defining standards

 

The industry needs a top-down, strict flow of guidelines that can be implemented across the board by medical outlets. The governing bodies must introduce a cyber security framework that acts as a reference guide for all those involved in the value chain. 

 

Improving Health IT

Health IT encompasses all the health information management software and is responsible for ensuring a safe passage of information between customers and medical institutions. If an open-source software has been modified for use it must be subject to rigorous quality checks and balances. Moreover, the manufacturers working on the system development life cycles of the project should also look at opening up their products to exploits through sponsored, on-roll cyber experts, the inspiration of which comes from hackathons. 

 

Knowledgeable Workforce

Healthcare workers are probably the last in line to be expected of being aware of cyber security malpractices and that is exactly what needs to change. From frontline workers to computer administrators and janitors, each role should have a prerequisite training corresponding to their level of indulgence with information systems. 

 

Defence Mechanism

 

It is only through research and development that adverse scenarios could be explored in advance. Intellectual property, and software counterfeiting, and malware attacks are a couple of subject areas that should be studied and prepared for before renting the software to healthcare institutions. 

 

Information Sharing

 

Healthcare authorities operate in isolated cocoons partly because of privatization and the resulting competition. They perceive each other in doubtful light and rarely see eye to eye. Given that cyber security threats against such organizations are on the rise, a high-level committee must encourage information sharing to deter cyber attacks. 

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