Why it’s more important than ever for healthcare systems to be protected by PAM

The healthcare industry has been struggling to deal with a growing number of cyberattacks on systems where private information and valuable medical data is stored. As providers and insurers continue their movement to the cloud for all the right reasons – scale, economics and support of new applications – the requirement to protect data and challenges associated with cloud security are driving new approaches.

Privileged Access Management (PAM) provides for the efficient and secure authorization and monitoring of all privileged users. Moreover, PAM imposes policies that restrict other users from accessing systems without authorization.

In 2018, according to some reports, 62% of healthcare organizations experienced a data breach and 50% among them suffered from data loss. More than 5 million healthcare records were exposed, which seriously raises the question of healthcare data security.

Healthcare IT systems can route all the privileged access through PAM to ensure that the access is monitored, managed and audited. It can provide automated, end-to-end detection and protection for all privileged access to systems containing electronically Protected Health Information (ePHI).

What are the risks for healthcare organizations?

  • Hospitals and healthcare providers collect and store ePHI every day. This data includes patients personal and medical information including insurance information, diagnostic codes and other sensitive information including social security numbers, which is a treasure trove for hackers.
  • Additionally, outdated technology and applications used in healthcare not designed originally to work in today’s environment will be vulnerable to data breach.

Healthcare information cybercriminals seek to gain credentials to bypass security systems and gain access to data. Remote access pathways can be a potential path for hackers as most organizations don’t have visibility into all those remote pathways.

By developing a centralized monitoring system, organizations can dramatically reduce the risks of allowing unauthorized users to access data in storage and even data in motion. PAM allows only certain authorized people to access appropriate systems and datasets, and also gives them the authority to monitor all the privileged users.

Innovation in healthcare applications is at an all-time high, with new digitised systems and solutions based on AI and deep machine learning. These and future inventions have the power to transform the healthcare system, improve patient care, save lives and save money.

But without security, the value of digital healthcare cannot be fully achieved. The risks are too high.

PAM reduces those risks, and unlocks the potential of new applications, particularly when those PAM solutions, like Krontech’s, are built from the ground up to support cloud, hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and cloud-native systems.

Author : Onur Semih Sevim