The growing internal risk of emerging health technologies

Earlier this month, the Healthcare Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) issued a serious warning on the security implications of emerging technologies in the healthcare sector. The report makes it clear that new technologies such as AI, 5G networks, nanomedicine, smart hospitals and quantum computing are helping providers improve health outcomes and reduce costs. It also makes it clear that there is a flip side to this coin.

For the purposes of this blog post, we will be looking at the first concern described by HC3; artificial intelligence. No one can deny the value that AI brings to providers: deeper patient insights and faster, more accurate decision-making that contribute to better health outcomes and increased efficiency, to name a few. only a few.

But the key requirement for effective AI, as the report states, is that it “requires the collection of very large collections of data to learn.” And to optimize patient outcomes, practitioners must have unrestricted access to this data, which can inform better decisions. This can be a tricky combination when it comes to data security. Any time you combine large data sets with a need for non-technical user access, you create an environment filled with risk.

Medical information is among the most sensitive personal data, making it a very attractive target for malicious actors, who can use it for many nefarious purposes, including insurance fraud, identity theft or even blackmail. We already know that insider threats are a growing health care risk organizations. Nearly 50% of breaches in the industry are attributed to insider threat actors, and a study found that nearly 20% of sensitive files are open to all employees of healthcare organizations.

All of these contributing factors have created an environment riddled with risk, but that doesn’t mean that healthcare organizations should avoid these important technological advancements that allow them to do their jobs better and keep patients healthier. But it helps to find good partners and solutions for help your organization mitigate growing security risks more important than ever.

Our team helps healthcare organizations around the world protect themselves quickly against cyberattacks by analyzing all activity with data to identify “indicators of intent”, long before data exfiltration occurs.

If you want to know more, please to get in touch with our team to see how DTEX InterCEPT helps mitigate healthcare security risks by demystifying the context and intent of human behaviors, without violating employee trust and privacy.

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