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Top Healthcare Data Security Trends For 2018

Top Healthcare Data Security Trends For 2018

HIE is a streamlined way to share patient information but it’s also vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Click here for the top 2018 healthcare data security trends.

Top Healthcare Data Security Trends For 2018

Heading into 2018, healthcare data security remains a top priority for the healthcare industry. And reasonably so.

In 2017 the industry saw more security breaches and ransomware attacks than ever before.

83% of physicians reported cybercrime attacks. In fact, the U.S. healthcare industry was the target of 88% of ransomware attacks last year.

Every day cybercriminals become more aggressive.

And as more healthcare providers change to digital record systems, data becomes more vulnerable.

In reply, stricter data security measures must be deployed. IT developers responded.

Here are the healthcare data security trends in store for 2018.


1. Compliance-Cloud Servers Will Improve Healthcare Data Security

Another advance in healthcare data security is compliance-based servers. Healthcare organizations hindered by compliance stayed away from the cloud.

But soon more cloud server technologies will integrate compliance into cloud servers. One is Amazon. Amazon AWS offers HIPAA-compliant cloud options for healthcare providers. Other compliance for healthcare exist.

Administrators manage the flow of data in the cloud with dedicated secure links. Then they distribute incoming traffic through the back-end server. It is then situated at the proper data point.

Administrators can also backup data.

2. Harness Security Virtualization For More Data Control

In 2018 health providers can control data with Security Virtualization. This new technology deploys virtual appliances with advanced security services that help ward off data loss.

Intrusion Protect Systems (IPS) and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) allow administrators to increase security protection. The system monitors income traffic. Then it scans the network for suspicious data.

VM-based appliances allow teams to monitor new threats to specific network segments. Then the information can be fed into an organization’s security policies.

3. Advances in Application and Workload Security Tools

Applications are vital to healthcare provider operations. How they are delivered is important to the company and its users.

Organizations gain better control over application delivery using application firewalls centered on application security.

But how should they manage security procedures? The answer is simple. Integrate the apps into a management solution.

New tools make security intuitive. They monitor systems for anomalies and inconsistencies in applications. Some warnings include an increase in traffic or an end user accessing incorrect data.

4. New Locks Will Stop APTs in Their Tracks

An important healthcare data security trend will be security management and policy control solutions.

Developing them will create locks to stop Advanced Persistent Threats called APTs. APTs open systems to intruders that can access data.

Policy control and security management solutions help protect entire data environments.

But this can seem confusing when organizations have appliances made from different manufacturers. So what do they do?

  • Be proactive
  • Get powerful visibility tools that enable companies to manage the entire security environment
  • Test the systems
  • Update security as business grows

5. More Women Entering Healthcare IT

It’s no secret information security is a male-dominated field. In 2018 more women are expected to enter the healthcare IT industry. Several organizations want to see women excel in cybersecurity. One includes Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC).

The shortage of people working in security opens doors for women who want to enter Healthcare IT. This presents a great opportunity for women in the healthcare industry and could begin to level the playing field.

6. Need To Outsource Security Services

As needs for increased data security grows, so does the need for healthcare IT talent. With shortages of staff, healthcare providers will hire more IT consultants to help protect their organizations and address security issues.

Organizations will seek out IT vendors and consultants to help address data security issues and mitigate security challenges.

7. Rise in Security Automation to Handle Data Security

Healthcare IT departments find it difficult to handle workloads in the office. In 2018 they plan to reach out to automation software.

This will occur due to growing communication workflow management. A simple help ticket for an internet technology issue can keep teams backed up.

Expect to see more organizations relying on to security automation. We’ll see this to manage internal processes and define lines of communication.

8. Increase in Employee Education

Most malware attacks occur through employee emails and social networks. These entryways make it easy for a hacker to enter a system. It doesn’t even take much technical finesse to gain entry.

Companies spend considerable time on fixing data security issues made vulnerable by human error. The best way to address this problem is through awareness training and education.

In 2018 we’ll see more healthcare human resources departments and IT departments involved in educating and testing employees about cybersecurity gateways.

Look for companies in 2018 investing more time and resources into staff training. There will be more materials made available to employees. Awareness is the first line of protection against cybercrime.

9. Monitoring Windows and Operating System Environments

Windows and other operating systems always had their own environment. Their processes, internal. IT left them alone with the exception of a few Windows updates and security checks.

They didn’t need to spend time monitoring them. But this has changed.

This year introduced Petya, a new strain of virus infecting systems at an accelerated rate. Petya spread through the Windows environment through a patch in the system.

It was the same bug that opened the way for the spread of WannaCry ransomware.

In 2018 expect more ways to integrate operating systems and core cloud services into healthcare provider security layers.

How to Learn More

Now you know nine trends that will lead the way in healthcare data security:

  • Compliance-cloud server technologies
  • Security Virtualization for more data control
  • Workload and application security tools
  • New policy control to locks APTs out
  • More women entering the data security workforce in Health IT
  • The growth of outsourcing vendors and consultants for security services
  • Security Automation is on the rise
  • Upsurge in employee education
  • Monitoring of operating system environments and cloud layers into security policies

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By | 2017-12-26T16:28:21+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top Healthcare Data Security Trends For 2018

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Gina Bianco, President/ CEO of AIM states, “Over the past decade, HIE has shifted focus from connecting providers and hospitals so that their patients’ health information follows them across organizational boundaries; to making that data actionable in a value-based health care environment.”