Hard to believe it is 2019 already. For those of us in the InfoSec business, it was a rough year, with a new data breach seemingly announced daily. What seems different the last couple of years in that hackers are actively targeting health information over credit card information or social security numbers. Typically, on the black market, health records are estimated to be valued at around $10-20, and credit card data running around $1-2, and in some estimates, even lower.
Why is healthcare information so valuable? These thieves practice identify theft to obtain expensive medical care, or even purchase prescription drugs. They have also been known to submit fake billings to Medicare in the real patient’s name.
Hospitals are vulnerable due to the exploding growth of technology in their environments. Healthcare organizations tend to have overlapping systems and more and more connected IoT-type devices, all with data in transit, making them an attractive, and easy, target.
And the attackers are getting in multiple ways, from email, targeted phishing attacks, and database misconfigurations, as written about in The 10 Biggest U.S. Healthcare Data Breaches of 2018 from Health Security IT.
Locking up data is not the answer
It’s tempting to just all that data in a lock box so hackers can’t get to it, however that would be a disservice to healthcare patients, doctors and researchers alike. It is a savvy healthcare company indeed that can monetize its healthcare solutions and data for greater good by utilizing a big data solution either on premise or in the cloud to enable analytics of complex patient and clinical data.
How can Healthcare entities protect themselves and their data yet still use it?
One way for those in the Healthcare Industry to educate themselves on information security best practices and big data analytics solutions is to attend the 2019 HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition, February 11–15, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. HIMSS is the leading health information and technology conference, bringing together 45,000+ professionals from 90+ countries for the education, innovation and collaboration they need to transform health through information and technology – all at one time, all in one place. Networking, sure but attendees can also choose from over 300 education sessions.
Micro Focus will be participating jointly with our Alliance Partner DXC, booth #4559. Be sure to stop by to learn about our joint solutions to protect identities, apps and data. Together, Micro Focus and DXC provide application security solutions for Healthcare customers that protect businesses brand, while complying with regulatory requirements. We offer Modular and Intelligent automation for Applications Management Services across the Healthcare industry.
Don’t miss our:
- Booth Theater presentation: Catch our booth theater presentation on “How Vertica drives unrivalled patient care and provider efficiencies through transformative analytics.” This session will be delivered by Marc Heimlich, Micro Focus VP OEM Channels & Alliances to learn more about all our “Better Together” healthcare offerings.
- Breakfast Briefing 203B: Be our guest! Join Micro Focus/DXC for a HIMSS Breakfast Briefing – Tuesday February 12, 7:15am to 8:15 am. Our panel will discuss the latest technology trends for healthcare to improve care outcomes. Panelist will share a variety of topics, including best practices in cloud, infrastructure, digital workflows and robotics. Register now.
Don’t make a top ten list for healthcare data breaches. Register for HIMMS now, and if you’d like to schedule some face-to-face time to meet up at HIMSS and discuss how Micro Focus and DXC can help your healthcare entity keep patient data safe while optimizing health information solutions to improve efficiency and quality of patient care, contact Bob.Fessler@microfocus.com
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