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It has grown more challenging to protect patient privacy and secure sensitive data under HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) as the volume and persistence of cyber attacks have increased in recent years. Healthcare institutions often have vast databases of sensitive information such as credentials and credit card data that cyber criminals seek to monetize and sell on the dark web. Threat actors use advanced threats like Zero-day attacks to target healthcare organizations, using ransomware like Emotet and Locky to spread and infect other systems. HIPAA outlines requirements for healthcare organizations and their supply chain partners to follow in areas such as risk management, security incident handling and investigation, log monitoring, encryption, and security awareness training. These ever-increasing HIPAA mandates create challenges for healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearing houses to stay current and compliant with healthcare mandates.
The 700,000 + healthcare provider and payor organizations in the United States face a myriad of compliance and security mandates that represent a sizable target for threat actors to exploit. It is crucial for IT Pros to understand the following compliance facts and security criteria if they plan to, or already support, healthcare organizations that are covered by the privacy and cybersecurity aspects of HIPAA:
EventTracker SIEM provides solutions to help both healthcare providers and payers improve security, simplify compliance, and protect sensitive patient data. Ensure your organization has the people, processes, and technology to remain vigilant to the healthcare sector’s ever-increasing threats.
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