The first electronic healthcare record (EHR) system was created in 1972. Since then, hospitals have continuously moved towards paperless patient health information (PHI) record keeping. What began as a simple data entry system has grown into an entire network of electronic medical records and patient portals with rapidly expanding access from third-party entities across innumerable endpoint devices both within the hospital setting and all over the world. With limited budgets and small IT departments, hospitals and medical centers are struggling to keep up with the number of connected endpoint devices and ensure protection of sensitive medical data and personal patient information. Healthcare cybersecurity needs have grown substantially over the years as the amount of data collected and stored about patient health history and personal identifying information has grown, leaving this industry a highly coveted target for cybercriminals. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the healthcare industry’s move to a virtual environment with more and more patients unwilling or unable to make visits in person. According to a report from the HIPAA Journal, there were 616 data breaches of 500 or more records in 2020 in which 28,756,445 healthcare records were compromised. Healthcare cybersecurity has never been a more pressing issue than it is now.
Healthcare’s Need For Data Backup and Cybersecurity
In addition to actually caring for patients, the healthcare industry is tasked with collecting, organizing, and storing comprehensive medical data and personal identifying information about patients. Protecting the accuracy of medical health data is critical to providing the proper care each patient needs now and in the future. Corruption or loss of a patient file risks patient health and longevity, impacts the efficacy of medical treatments, and creates a lack of public trust regarding the healthcare industry. With large amounts of sensitive patient data coupled with the proliferation of endpoint devices used by medical staff in and out of the hospital, the attack surface of the healthcare industry and the patients that visit are ever-increasing. As technology expands and advances, so do cybercriminals and their ability to attack – healthcare cybersecurity must advance at the same pace of these developments or risk life-threatening cyber threats.
Why is Healthcare a Target?
But why is the healthcare industry such an alluring cyberattack target? It’s because of all the personal data collected and stored about a patient and their health history. Healthcare cybersecurity is important because it encompasses everything that pertains to protecting patient sensitive data, personally identifying information (PII), protected health information (PHI), personal information, intellectual property, and more. Why would hackers want to steal medical records? They are a “treasure trove” of everything about a patient: their full name, address history, financial information, social security numbers. All of this information is sufficient for cybercriminals to take out a loan or set up a line of credit under a patient’s name, borrow that money or charge up a line of credit with no intention of ever paying it back. Identity theft in our increasingly virtual world is extremely difficult to trace and prosecute. It simply wrecks the lives of victims who are often left with debt and bad credit due to no fault of their own.
Additionally, healthcare facilities house private medical information that, if stolen, could be used to extort victims or sell their medical records on the black market to purchase medical equipment, drugs, or file a false insurance claim. It is shocking to many people that a patient’s full medical records can sell for upwards of $1,000 on the black market. What happens to patients whose medical records were hacked, identities stolen, and records traded for money? They can find themselves facing extreme debt and bad credit due to wracked up medical procedures under their name and social security number. It can take years to clean up their credit report and if that patient actually needs a medical procedure, they will likely find doctors turning them away due to a poor credit history and potential inability to be insured.
Certified Solutions = Good Cyber Hygiene
Healthcare facilities must protect the security and privacy of the PHI of their patients. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires healthcare entities and the cyber providers they utilize to maintain high levels of privacy, security, and breach notification rules. As a company focused on meeting the strictest requirements necessary to best serve the healthcare industry, we have purpose-built Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud – our certified cloud backup and security solution that maintains the highest HIPAA security and privacy standards. Gain peace of mind knowing Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud is fully HIPAA compliant and ready to protect your most sensitive patient data.
How Acronis SCS Provides Healthcare a Cyber Lifeline
Hospital cybersecurity needs are constantly changing and we understand that you are struggling to keep up. You find your hospital constrained by old IT systems and, small budgets, yet you are tasked with housing highly sensitive patient data making you extremely vulnerable to cyberattacks and data loss. The good news is that there are solutions for you at your price point.
Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud is our newest cutting edge certified cloud solution that is FIPS 140-2, CJIS, and HIPAA certified and compliant. It is run and supported exclusively by US citizens offering a full suite of cybersecurity solutions via a single pane of glass. With a menu of cyber protection solutions ranging from data backup to cybersecurity, mix and match functionality, and flexible deployments and licensing, you can build the product you need when and as you need it.
Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud is the number one integrated cloud-certified solution that will completely protect you from today and tomorrow’s cybersecurity threats. Our cloud cybersecurity solution will enable you to streamline management of your cybersecurity team and tools, cut unnecessary administrative time, and lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), all of which are impacting your current budget and inability to fully protect your hospital and patients. Our cybersecurity software creates confidence and will give you peace of mind because it comes with built-in, AI-based static and behavioral heuristic anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-ransomware, and anti-crypto jacking technologies. As the healthcare industry transitions to more remote appointments and integrations via Zoom and Telehealth, the need to protect remote third-party collaborations with patch management, code injection prevention, and anti-malware capabilities are more and more crucial to protect your industry.
Keeping your hospital up and running smoothly is another high priority. This is where the Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud vulnerability assessments and patch management functionality come in. They ensure seamless business continuity, which your hospital desperately needs. Via a single, centralized management console you will be able to assess those risks and also have visibility into the protected status of all the endpoint devices and data across your entire IT infrastructure so you can easily take stock of your IT landscape, monitor your disk drive health and cyber health, and batch and conduct batch and remote agent installation through an easy to use wizard. And don’t worry, onboarding and operations could not be easier with our 100% US-based support team who is always available to support you with whatever question you may have.
Backup & Recovery
Data backup and recovery in healthcare is of paramount importance. Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud gives you the peace of mind that no patient data or personal information will ever be lost and you will have continuous data protection including between your scheduled backups. You need robust data protection with secure backup and recovery, AI-based anti-ransomware technologies, and end-to-end encryption. Your needs are met with our Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud designed specifically for the healthcare industry.
Flexible Deployment & Licensing
As the cyber landscape continues to evolve and become more complex, we are constantly striving to improve our products and services to not only meet but exceed the needs of our customers and stay one step ahead of cybercriminals. We want our customers to have the cyber protection and operational support they need to survive and thrive. That’s why we developed products and licensing structures that allow you to choose what is right for your hospital – that could be a private cloud, our Acronis SCS certified cloud, or (what is becoming less popular as things become more remote) various on-premise solutions. We also have flexible licensing models, including annual subscriptions and monthly pay-as-you-go options to meet your unique needs and budget. No matter the choice you make, Acronis SCS is 100% committed to providing the superior service and industry-leading technology you need, extensive training and onboarding for your employees, and full US-based support.
Why Acronis SCS
At Acronis SCS, the US public sector is our #1 priority – in fact, it’s our only priority. The healthcare industry is one of our main clients and we understand you are subject to some of the most stringent regulatory standards and requirements. That’s why Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud– our FIPS 140-2, CJIS, and HIPAA certified cloud data backup and recovery solution – has been tested and certified to provide operational assurance and data security across the entire public sector, including America’s state and local governments, public schools including universities, healthcare industry including hospitals, and nonprofit computing environments of all sizes.
We are also proud to solely employ US citizens so you can be rest assured that when you need support we are fully accessible to you because all members of our support team are US citizens based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our sole focus is the public sector so we understand your cybersecurity pain points and know how to provide superior support to US public sector customers of all kinds, from the largest federal agencies and offices to the smallest K-12 schools and nonprofits. When you choose us at Acronis SCS, your organization gains access to the highest caliber of security-conscious support from experienced, US-only-based professionals. Our US-based data centers mean 100% of your data is housed on US soil, as mandated by the federal government and requested by public sector agencies and organizations like yours.
With Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud, you can confidently protect the most sensitive data in some of the most targeted computing environments. Contact us to find out more about Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud and how we can help you!