Healthcare providers are inclined to make investments in cyber security to reduce the risk of cyber attacks

19 February 2018 (Last Updated February 19th, 2018 10:34)

Cyber security has been one of the burning issues faced by organizations across all sectors.

Healthcare providers are inclined to make investments in cyber security to reduce the risk of cyber attacks
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Cyber security has been one of the burning issues faced by organizations across all sectors. Moreover, the growing adoption of cloud and mobility solutions and other sensor devices has put increased pressure on the healthcare providers to enhance their security architecture in order to protect their patients’ data. This is also evident from Global Data’s survey of healthcare providers, which shows a significant proportion of healthcare providers are investing in security sensors. According to the survey, 62% of respondents in the healthcare sector are currently using security sensors, while 55% of respondents plan to invest in this domain in the coming two years.

The recent Mirai attack targeting IoT devices along with cyber attacks like WannaCry ransomware and NotPetya ransomworm has given an indication about the changing cyber attack scenario. Vendors are therefore looking to improve their security product proposition by adopting various organic or inorganic growth strategies. For example, Zingbox and VMware entered into a collaboration to provide solutions for secure IoT implementations. This partnership will enhance the company’s IoT security proposition by merging ZingBox’s IoT personality-based approach with VMware pulse IoT center, an IoT infrastructure management system.

Global Data’s survey also reveals that 66% of the healthcare sector surveyed, are currently using auto ID & mobility technologies, and 56% are planning to invest in this technology segment over the next two years. Automated patient identification systems are a practical means to reduce risks, as well as provide remote instant access and management of patient medical history.

Likewise, 57% of respondents are using network sensors while 58% plan to invest in the next two years. Furthermore, 54%, 57%, and 53% of healthcare providers are willing to invest in telematics & RFID, real-time locations tracking, and grid sensors. Meanwhile, 51% of the respondents in the healthcare sector are currently using SCADA, and 46% of respondents are planning to invest in the technology in the coming two years.