One of the challenges that healthcare employers need to focus on is creating a safe environment. And, this goes beyond ensuring the physical well-being of patients and employees.
People responsible for technology and information security in hospitals and healthcare institutions need to ensure that all the information stored in their database is kept safe. Security breaches can expose sensitive information such as medical records, social security numbers or financial details and fixing the aftermath after the breach can cost millions of dollars.
Implementing technical safety measures such as anti-viruses and filters is a necessary minimum. All these mechanisms can fail in a well planned and personalized attack. For this reason, it’s recommendable that healthcare IT also introduces effective micro-authorization methods that can protect both patients’ and institutions’ information at different levels.
With no developers, no contractors, no third-party code involved and therefore no vendor-lock. The protection lays on an additional security layer that enables 2FA authentication on any app without touching the code.
Hackers often target the healthcare sector because, unlike financial services or e-commerce, the healthcare cybersecurity spendings are simply much smaller and therefore cybercrime protection is much weaker. What makes matters worse is the fact that healthcare employees are among the least knowledgable when it comes to digital threats and therefore much more likely to fall victim of social engineering and phishing scams.
Implementing effective security measures is critical because it can help reduce the chances of a breach. And, one of the most effective ways to improve cybersecurity across the board is through additional micro-authorizations.
Two-factor authentication, also known as 2FA, requires a person to provide two pieces of information before accessing their work tools.
Cyber attacks can come in a variety of forms, the most common being:
Ransomware and other types of malware
Distributed Denial of Service
There are many ways to deploy two-factor authentication. You can schedule an appointment with our healthcare cybersecurity experts to learn about the different options you have available.
It’s really hard to overemphasize the importance of strong digital security and benefits it brings to healthcare organizations. Unlike other business processes and solutions that help maximize the income, cybersecurity helps to minimize the risk and the money loss that comes with data breaches.
Implementing security enhancements will grow risk awareness in employees. By giving them the tools and information they need, organization empowers them and reduce the chances of a digital breach.Assess The Current Security Setup
Introducing new security measures also allows to take a step back and examine the current setup. Hackers constantly design new methods of attack, which can render outdated security platforms useless.
When you deploy additional authentication, you should also examine the measures you have in place and assess their performance. If some of your current measures have major flaws, you should look to upgrade the obsolete systems as well.
Instead of protecting passwords, you can deploy 2FA to safeguard your employee’s credentials. Even if their login and password will get compromised 2FA will not let the hacker access protected resources and therefore will prevent the breach. 2FA is set to become the next golden standard, with a physical security token U2F (universal second factor) being the best implementation.
Introducing a universal second factor means that its users will have two pieces of information to log into your network. Aside from a conventional password, your employees will also need to have a USB or Bluetooth key to verify their identity.
Until recently, deploying U2F was a lengthy and expensive process. Now, with Secfense you can introduce U2F in a fast, cost-effective setup. Schedule a call now to learn how Secfence can enhance security in your healthcare facility.
Most 2FA methods rely on a secondary code or password to verify credentials. While any 2FA drastically increases the security level comparing to password-only protection it still can get compromised with more advanced attacks (Modlishka or Evilginx2).
In contrast, U2F employs a physical device that your employees should have on them at all times during their workday. This setup is regarded as one of the strongest authentication methods and has not yet been compromised.
To put it in perspective, none of Google’s 89,000 of employees have fallen for a phishing attempt since the company implemented U2F in 2017.
The biggest reason why U2F has not become a golden security standard just yet was a cost factor. Implementing this technology represented a long and arduous coding process for developers. Often the maintenance of the solution and necessity of sticking to one vendor service was a good enough reason to let go the idea of introducing U2F protection.
Today, you can deploy U2F in a matter of minutes at the fraction of its previous cost. And, healthcare organizations don’t have to share any of their information with third-parties any more. Instead, U2F systems can now be layered seamlessly on top of the current infrastructure.
In addition to conventional attack mechanisms, hackers can now use a variety of tools to target healthcare facilities. Implementing robust cybersecurity measures will yield a more knowledgeable team and reduce the chances of a successful attack.
Thanks to the availability of 2FA technology, you can now set up this effective structure within minutes. Contact our Success Agent and we’ll show you how to deploy 2FA within your organization without spending a small fortune.
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