Cyber Threat Intelligence in Healthcare
Advancement in technology, the internet, distributed computing and cloud computing has greatly shifted the way businesses operate. Healthcare establishments are in sync with the current trends of information storage and information technologies, This directly implies that the same threats that affecting other industries are likely or have already been experienced in this field. It is therefore paramount that human and capital investment in the arena of cyber security threat intelligence. Healthcare institutes from all kinds are prone to receive targeted attacks from hackers. Since the health caresector is a sensitive industry and has over the years attracted tight government regulation in the way the electronic protected health information is handled and stored.
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The government of the United States of America enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996 to ensure that collection, centralization and storage, searching and analysis of data for use are in accordance with best practices for consumer protection. Cyber threat intelligence and HIPAA regulations are therefore instrumental to the protection of electronic health information and cyber security should be considered as a reinforcement to the existing HIPAA regulations. HIPPA also requires organizations to implement specific standards of cyber security, if organisations are under HIPAA, they can leverage Nucleon Threat Intelligence as part of their Security Management Process 1 under HIPAA (see 45 CFR § 164.308(a)(1)) to help ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of electronic protected health information.
The knowledge of cyber security threats and intelligence is crucial to the protection of healthcare and hospital information. This knowledge includes understanding of indicators of compromise, historical, current and future trends in cyber security. The network managers in health settings are expected to be update and skilled on the current and emerging trends and use proactive abilities in addition to the standard proactive approach being taken today. They should constantly be on the lookout for new technologies of cyber security tools and breaches occurring elsewhere in the world. Intrusion detection systems, malware protection tools and incidents. Usually, with underbudget and under staff they have to face all this challenges, by using Nucleon, Healthcare institutes can enjoy the benefits of cyber security as if they had their own dedicated intelligence team working for them. The privacy of health information is paramount and of most important, HIPAA regulations and related legislations are designed to ensure healthcare related organizations are investing the needed resources into protecting the data, When expert cyber criminals are out to steal information or hold the information in encrypted in exchange for ransom, Personal healthcare information is of very high value in the black market. The price tag for personal health information is lucrative for hackers but not only that also different countries are constantly developing offensive capabilities which might effect civilian healthcare networks as well.
All this threats making it necessary for the health organizations to invest in security infrastructure and human capital. The field of cyber security is continuously evolving. To remaining in control, the management of an organization should invest in proactive measures to plan and mitigate against cyber security breaches. Proactive measures are considered currently as the most robust mitigation against emerging threats. These measures range from penetration testing, bounties and predictive analytics and cyber intelligence. Big companies are already continuously investing in cyber threat intelligence and machine learning in their efforts to be in the frontline in mitigation against cyber security breaches. Nucleon enables organizations to be complement thier cyber secuity tools and have better compliance with HIPPA by utilizing automatic reliable actionable threat intelligence that ensure organizations are protected.