Endpoint security, key in the healthcare sector to mitigate cyberattacks

Endpoint security, key in the healthcare sector to mitigate cyberattacks

Despite not having much in common, Covid-19 and cyberattacks have gone hand in hand in 2020.

These two plagues, both different and equally damaging, have put everyone in check in many different ways. One of the fields that have suffered the most has been the health sector. We are not only talking about the purely medical (patients and staff), but also about the stress derived from the urgency to transform digitally with agility and adapt to the needs of telemedicine.

All of this has opened the door to new avenues of entry for cyber attackers, who have been focusing on this sector for months. Therefore, Endpoint Security is key.

According to Accenture, stolen medical records are worth between ten and forty times more than credit card numbers on the dark web. Additionally, the financial implications of a data breach for healthcare organizations are now greater than for any other industry, with an average price per leak in 2020 of around € 5.9 million ($ 7.13 million). . Jorge Martínez, Regional Director of OpenText for Spain and Portugal, adds: – « Credential theft, phishing or other types of common attacks are increasing in volume, but nothing like the increase in ransomware attacks and, consequently, the increase in costs for paid ransoms or losses »-.

Ransomware gets more sophisticated

Additionally, the Regional Director of OpenText commented that new attack vectors have been made available.Just as common healthcare systems have been compromised by ransomware attacks, the infection has also spread to devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). This situation makes it especially difficult to eradicate. Technological evolution has caused cybersecurity and cyberattacks to constantly change and adapt. Today’s far more lethal tools are human-driven, and far more difficult to detect. Until recently, phishing emails were the first gateway for ransomware attacks. Now, system vulnerabilities take the lead. This focus indicates the importance of properly managing and protecting each endpoint in the system.

A study by  MIT Technology Review notes that 58% of surveyed healthcare leaders consider investing in cybersecurity to be a high priority. In particular, improving endpoint protection is an essential investment. Healthcare organizations need to make digital protection improvements that reflect their current role as critical infrastructure. Endpoint security is important as healthcare continues to advance digital transformation and telemedicine. As the complexity of attacks increases, healthcare organizations must improve their tools, tactics, and training to stay ahead of criminals.

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