Data breaches are becoming increasingly common in the healthcare industry and can be expensive. In 2020 the average data breach cost in the healthcare industry was $7.3 million, but this takes into account downtime, incident response costs and fines, as well as any exposure of protected data or damage to your brand reputation.
With remote work becoming increasingly widespread, it’s important to take extra precautions against data breaches.
Healthcare professionals are increasingly working from home – either full or part time. In order to do so, they need access to the right business critical applications no matter where they connect from. This can be problematic because end users may not be security aware and don’t always know how to use VPNs and complicated software.
More providers are delivering their services remotely. By 2021, experts predict that there will be a 500% increase in virtual doctor visits. Patients and providers want to feel comfortable visiting their doctor, no matter the location. Different clinics need simple and secure systems that keep data private.
As business technology has gone digital, new security challenges have emerged. The increased use of cloud-based systems is making healthcare cybersecurity a more crucial issue than ever before.
All this flexibility comes with increased risk. Hackers love work-from-home because home networks are easier targets. While moving services to the cloud is convenient for users as they connect from home, it creates visibility issues for your security and networking teams, as threats are harder to identify on unmanaged networks. New technologies like 5G introduce new risks.
Protecting Your Healthcare Business
It’s crucial for your company to have a strong protection against hacks, malware and ransomware. The truth is that cybersecurity doesn’t offer you much in the way of peace of mind if it puts your business at risk.
The new work-from-home reality can create big hurdles if you don’t know what you’re doing. Physical firewalls are expensive and will take time to set up and maintain, so it’s best to plan for their eventuality in advance or hire a professional.
Some difficult to use or glitchy vpns are discouraging people from using them at all. Some of the more cautious ones might even slip up and click on one of those unknown email links.
As a healthcare company, you need to be confident that your staff and patients are connected & protected. They may be in the office or away.
We’ve helped healthcare companies like yours securely connect and protect all the people, devices and endpoints in their organization. It’s simple, fast and can grow with your needs. If you’d like to learn how our security and networking platform, based on Todyl, can help you connect and protect, let’s talk.