What are cybersecurity challenges for the healthcare sector?
From the standpoint of delivering IT-based healthcare services, the world in 2022 looks grim. The global pandemic, fewer HCO staff members, and ever-more sophisticated cyberattacks make it harder than ever to protect against ransomware and phishing and respond to changes in healthcare regulations.
However, the IT tools needed to provide secure healthcare services are available now. This post describes cloud-based services that enable HCO decision-makers to keep healthcare processes safe and efficient.
Security and networking technologies provide the front-line capabilities that enable IT pros to take control of healthcare security threats and relieve privacy compliance headaches.
SASE Software Protects and Optimizes Healthcare Ops
In 2019, Gartner introduced secure access service edge (SASE), a new category of software solutions which included WAN functions and a connected group of security capabilities into a single cloud-based service, provided by one vendor.
SASE is a cloud-based technology that embeds network security functions into the IT infrastructure. It replaces legacy services offered by single-purpose point solutions located in facilities such as data centers.
SASE solutions reduce IT labor, network management, and security operations costs. And SASE can also decrease the administrative workload of your IT team.
What SASE cybersecurity offers the healthcare sector?
Modern IT infrastructures are much more complex than earlier IT networks. They include cloud technology, SaaS products, mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and remote workers. Multi-layered legacy security solutions don’t provide the responsive, flexible connectivity that modern security software requires. SASE software protects and optimizes many types of HCO operations. Here’s how SASE services make data protection and access control processes more efficient and secure:
- Secure, efficient network connectivity. SD-WAN software encrypts medical records, business information, and medical data so that HCO staff members can share sensitive information with other authorized users, wherever they might be. SD-WAN technology also enables simpler data management, which cuts the time, effort, and cost of security operations.
- Protective software. Firewall as a service (FWaaS) protects cloud-based infrastructure, platforms, and applications from ransomware, malware, and other type of cyberattacks. FWaaS software uses intrusion prevention, URL filtering, and uniform network-wide policy management to keep data safe.
- Network traffic control. Secure web gateways (SWGs) prevent data breaches and cyberthreats by blocking suspicious or unauthorized user behavior, filtering unwanted web content, and enforcing security policies.
- Uncompromising verification. Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA) platforms defend against potential data breaches by requiring every user, device, and application in a network infrastructure be verified.
- End-to-end access control. Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs) perform security functions for cloud-based services. These include revealing unauthorized corporate systems, using access control to secure confidential data, and ensuring compliance with data privacy regulations.
Healthcare network security that’s robust and reliable
Security and managed service providers have devised a boatload of cloud-based security and connectivity solutions. Here are 11 profiles, which describe the SASE capabilities that are available to healthcare providers , IT professionals, and security teams.