The infusion of technology into medicine has been truly transformative and has greatly improved how we approach healthcare. We can send and receive patient data anywhere in the world, instantly. Doctors can analyze vitals of patients in the hospital while at home or from their office. A clinician can instantly see if a machine has administered the correct dosage of a drug at the correct time—and address the problem if it didn’t.

Unfortunately, this healthcare revolution also comes with a significant amount of risk. Remember the 2017 attack on the NHS? This was not a fluke. In fact, according to a Ponemon Institute survey, 67% of manufacturers believe an attack on a medical device in use at an organization they serve will happen in the next 12 months.

Adding to that sobering thought is the fact that:

  • A cyberattack on a hospital costs, on average, $3.5 million
  • 46% of hospitals spend less than $500,000 annually on cybersecurity
  • A data breach can cost $200 per compromised health record
  • An unknowing HIPAA violation can cost up to $1.5 million per year

Bottom line: Given today’s hyper-connected world, it’s time to rethink networking in healthcare because hackers aren’t going to stop any time soon.

Tempered Networks believes that the best way to avoid the financial, legal, and reputation damage of cyberattacks is to micro-segment and remove the systems being targeted from view.

How? Cloaking and point-and-click segmentation that keeps critical systems and data out of sight and out of reach, except by those with explicit, trusted access.

It’s all possible with our Identity Defined Networking solutions.

I’ll be discussing this and much more during my session at the HIMSS Conference in Las Vegas on March 9th at 3:00pm. Be sure to swing by our booth (#8500-16) at the Cybersecurity Command Center for a demo.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018 By Erik Giesa