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The path to Zero Trust and Passwordless
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Recent years show that cybercriminals do not discriminate when choosing their target. Even during the pandemic, many hospitals have become victims of vicious cyberattacks. Therefore, the concept of security in the healthcare industry must extend beyond the physical well-being of patients and employees. People responsible for technology in hospitals and clinics need to ensure that all the data is safe. Since security breaches usually expose sensitive information, such as medical records and financial details, fixing the aftermath of a breach can be expensive, difficult, and time-consuming.

Implementing technical safety measures, such as anti-viruses and filters, is the necessary minimum. However, these mechanisms may still fail in the face of a well-planned and personalized attack. Therefore, hospitals should introduce strong authentication to protect their data from being compromised.

At Secfense, we have built technology that deploys strong authentication in a matter of minutes. It is called User Access Security Broker.

No developers, no contractors, and no third-party codes are required; therefore, there is no risk of a vendor-lock. The Secfense broker enables strong authentication in any app without meddling with the code.

Why Should Hospitals Introduce
Strong Authentication?

Nowadays, hackers target the healthcare sector with increased frequency. The budget allocated by the healthcare providers towards cybersecurity cannot compare with that of, for example, financial institutions. The fact that healthcare personnel is among the least educated when it comes to data security only makes the matter worse. Unfortunately, healthcare staff is more likely to fall victim to social engineering than people from other industries.

Implementing strong authentication can reduce the likelihood of a breach. That being said, one of the most effective ways to ensure strong authentication is using microauthorizations.

Strong authentication, also known as multi-factor authentication, requires the user to authenticate with two or more factors.

Common Types Of Cyber Attacks On
Healthcare Institutions

Cyberattacks can come in a variety of forms, the most common being:

  • Ransomware and other types of malware

  • Phishing

  • Distributed denial of service

  • Man-in-the-middle attacks

Healthcare IT can rely on strong authentication to increase the security of data.

In order to increase data security, Healthcare IT can rely on strong authentication. There are many ways to deploy strong authentication. Feel free to schedule a call with us to learn about available options.

How can Improving Cybersecurity Benefit your Healthcare Facility

It is hard to overstate the importance of strong authentication. Strong cybersecurity is paramount when it comes to minimizing the risks and avoiding the costs that come with data breaches.

Important benefits of improving cybersecurity:

Build a More Risk Aware Team

Implementing security enhancements will grow risk awareness in employees. By giving them the tools and information, organizations empower staff and reduce the likelihood of a digital breach.

Assess The Current Security Setup

Introducing new security measures is a perfect opportunity to take a step back and examine the current setup. Hackers constantly design new attack methods, which can make outdated security platforms useless.

When deploying strong authentication, it is important to examine the currently used tools. If some of the current measures have major flaws, you should consider upgrading them.

Enhance Security with Effective Authentication Methods

Instead of protecting passwords and logins, you can deploy strong authentication and safeguard access directly with 2FA, thus ensuring hackers will not get through even if traditional login credentials are compromised. For this reason alone, strong authentication is set to become the next gold security standard, with FIDO2 being the best option available.

Introducing FIDO2 (also known as WebAuthn) means choosing the safest existing authentication method. With this solution implemented, apart from using a conventional password, your employees will also need to provide a FIDO2 key or a local authenticator to log in.

Until recently, deploying FIDO2 was a lengthy and expensive process. Now, with a broker from Secfense, you can set up FIDO2 in a fast and cost-effective way. Schedule a call to learn how Secfense can enhance security in your organization.

Why is FIDO2 the Best Authentication Method Available?

Most two-factor authentication methods rely on a secondary passcode to verify user identity, which is a significant improvement over using only the login and password. Overall, 2FA increases security, but not all authentication methods of this kind are equal. Some more advanced attacks (e.g., Modlishka or Evilginx2) can break older 2FA.

In contrast to the weaker 2FA methods, FIDO2 introduces a physical device that employees need in order to authenticate access. This authentication method is the strongest one available and has not yet been compromised.

Since Google implemented U2F (the predecessor of FIDO2) in 2017, not a single one of its 89,000 employees has become a victim of a phishing scam.

The biggest reason why FIDO2 had not become the gold security standard was its cost. Implementing FIDO2 used to entail a long and arduous coding process. Worse still, the maintenance costs and a vendor lock-in had to be considered. Those often proved to be sufficient reasons for not introducing FIDO2.

Today, we can deploy FIDO2 in a matter of minutes and at a fraction of its former cost. Moreover, hospitals do not have to share any data with third parties anymore. Instead, FIDO2 can now be added on top of the currently used infrastructure.

Implementing Strong 2FA
In The Healthcare Facility

In addition to conventional attacks, hackers may use a variety of tools to target healthcare facilities. Implementing strong authentication will improve staff’s awareness and reduce attack risks.

It is possible to set up strong authentication within minutes. Schedule a discovery call and we will show you how to deploy 2FA in a fast and easy way.

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