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February 9, 2023 by Haddayr Copley-Woods

Securing modern healthcare

It seems as if every day in the past weeks has seen a headline about a breach in another healthcare organization. How did we get here? What can healthcare organizations do about it?

The healthcare industry is under assault.

It seems as if every other day, another healthcare organization’s breach is in the news. And according to Reuters, there are multiple sources for these breaches, the most recent of which were employees, third-party vendor tools and cyber criminals.

According to IBM’s 2022 Cost of Data Breach report, the average cost of each healthcare breach is a whopping $10.1 million.

This is not a problem that the industry can afford to ignore.

Healthcare organizations are sought-after targets.

There are two main reasons that healthcare is such an attractive target: data and access.

  • Tempting data: Health care systems have valuable data that cybercriminals can use for identity scams, fraud and outright theft: full names and birthdates, addresses and phone numbers— even credit card numbers.
  • Easier access: As patients transfer from one system or hospital to another, using multiple records systems and devices, opportunities arise to find an entry point in the system.

Securing healthcare organizations is a difficult challenge.

The large numbers of people, devices and data moving through the healthcare system already makes securing the data far more complex than in other industries. The potential for compliance violations with multiple types of mobile devices in multiple locations adds to the complexity. And with the adoption of hybrid work and cloud computing, it’s clear that healthcare needs to adapt quickly.

Modern devices

Employee choice and BYOD equals new requirements for managing devices that keeps security in mind like such as Jamf Pro.

Jamf Pro’s day-zero readiness thwarts attackers wishing to exploit any weaknesses in software that isn’t yet updated. Jamf Pro also already has a relationship with many of the most-used hardware and software vendors in the healthcare industry, which makes us able to jump in and patch all third-party software as soon as possible.

As the majority of healthcare breaches originate with a vendor that has not been updated or has left itself open to attack, this should be one of your highest considerations when choosing a device management organization for a medical organization’s management and security.

Jamf’s automations also remove human error. One of the biggest security risks is human error. If you have a shareable iPad or iPhone program, for instance, an automated system that works with internal codes to wipe and reset devices like from Jamf Pro is an absolute must.

Users and data

Legacy systems and authentication methods won’t cut it anymore. You need modern methods for verifying identity and connecting users to work resources such as Jamf Connect.

Ensuring that you have a mobile device management system with absolutely solid encryption, Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and enforceable security protocols is a must. Jamf Connect has the ability to offer encrypted ID-based access, and offers ways to enforce security requirements. Connect also can lock and wipe devices that are lost or stolen track what devices are where.

Properly encrypted connections and secured devices

Jamf Protect’s behavioral analytics capabilities not only patrol your system for known malware but also reports on unusual behavior, mitigating problems immediately.

Enforce endpoint encryption on all your devices to verify that you meet HIPAA compliance with Jamf Connect. Jamf Protect has reporting capabilities to provide a full inventory of encryption status that is required for auditors.

Managing diverse risk

PHI/PII and the organizations that use them are inherently at risk due to the potential to misuse their data. That’s why understanding new threats and what's needed for modern endpoint security is absolutely essential. You’ll need a strong endpoint protection system like Jamf Protect that uses behavioral analytics and machine learning to respond to modern threats.

High visibility into systems and devices

The best way to secure your devices, systems and connections is with security observability. Jamf Pro’s inventory management tells you exactly where your devices are, and who is using them. Jamf Pro’s automated inventory system sorts and reports on any incidents or odd behaviors both granularly per device and globally per system.

Manage, secure and extend Apple in healthcare with Jamf.

If you have questions about how Jamf can help your healthcare organization strengthen your security posture and lower your risks, please email us at info@jamf.com or give us a call.

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Haddayr Copley-Woods
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Haddayr Copley-Woods is a senior copywriter at Jamf. She writes about tech, specializing in Apple and Jamf with a focus on education, accessibility and security.
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