Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations can impair their ability to provide critical care. Ransomware can encrypt important data and Distributed Denial of Service DDoS attacks can bring critical systems down. According to a recent survey by the Ponemon Institute, over 20% of healthcare organizations have experienced increased patient mortality rates after a cyberattack, and another 57% report that these attacks result in poor patient outcomes.
Healthcare organizations commonly experience significant impacts from cyberattacks. Healthcare organizations have the highest average cost of a data breach, and 1 in 42 healthcare organizations was impacted by ransomware in Q3 2022.
Healthcare organizations are prime targets for cybercriminals for a few different reasons. One is that these companies have access to extremely sensitive and valuable data, including patient health records and payment card data. An attacker with access to this data can sell it at a premium or encrypt it and demand a ransom for its release.
Healthcare organizations also commonly struggle to secure their increasingly complex IT environments. Healthcare organizations and their patients rely on a growing number of networked devices, providing attackers with numerous potential avenues for attack.
Healthcare organizations face various challenges when attempting to protect their systems and their patients’ data against cybersecurity threats. Some of the primary cybersecurity challenges that healthcare organizations contend with include the following:
Securing healthcare organizations against cyber threats requires deploying security solutions designed to meet the unique needs of the various components of their complex infrastructure. Vital security capabilities include:
Healthcare organizations have complex environments, and a variety of solutions are needed to defend them properly against cyber threats. However, deploying a variety of point security solutions to address these needs can result in a complex and unusable security architecture. Additionally, these disconnected solutions increase the probability of redundant functionality and visibility and security gaps.
A consolidated security architecture is essential to effectively and scalably preventing cyberattacks against healthcare organizations. By centralizing security monitoring and management in a single solution, consolidated security enhances security teams’ ability to manage their security architecture and address potential threats.
Check Point Infinity architecture provides healthcare organizations with consolidated security designed to protect against zero-day and fifth-generation cyber threats. Check Point Threat Cloud is a global threat intelligence platform that provides Check Point Infinity with real-time information regarding emerging threats and vulnerabilities.
For healthcare organizations looking to simplify their security architecture, Check Point Infinity ELA provides access to Check Point’s full security product suite under a single enterprise license. Learn more about how Check Point healthcare-focused security solutions help organizations to defend against cyber threats in this healthcare CISO talk on Preventing Cyber Attacks from Spreading.