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Healthcare and Its Unique Data Security Needs

Across the country, healthcare organizations are embracing digital modernization – with that comes added vulnerability. In 2019, electronic breaches affecting healthcare entities have risen 20 percent, many coming in the form of ransomware. As the number of endpoints, from connected medical devices to mobile workstations, proliferates and patients’ access to health data widens via web-based portals patients can access from home, county and state hospitals and university and community medical centers must often make due against cyber threats with small IT staffs and budgets. Couple this with the reality that many of hospitals and medical centers rely on a combination of legacy and newer systems and outdated data security methods to maintain access to sensitive patient information and keep operations running. In short, these are particularly vulnerable targets for cyber criminals seeking to steal data or wreak havoc.

In any industry, the costs of a cyberattack come in more forms than money; lost data, productivity, and public trust are all noteworthy consequences. Nowhere are these costs more pronounced, however, than in healthcare, where any loss of critical information or minute of downtime could have potentially deadly consequences. A 2019 study shows as many as 36 additional deaths per 10,000 heart attacks occurred annually at hospitals across the country in the aftermath of cyber breaches. In some cases, patients had to wait almost three minutes longer to receive critical electrocardiograms. Every minute matters, particularly for public and university healthcare institutions, which often serve the country’s most vulnerable and underserved patients.

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The stakes are high for public and university healthcare. Luckily, Acronis SCS’s reliable edge data security solutions are here to help. With Acronis SCS Cyber Backup 12.5, county and state hospitals and university and community medical centers can maintain access to patient data and critical systems in the face of cyberattack – without suffering the potentially deadly consequences of downtime. In addition, our backup solution includes built-in, AI-based protection against ransomware to help these organizations counteract the growing epidemic of attacks.

Our comprehensive suite of security-minded data sharing and cloud-based solutions also protect sensitive medical and personal data without sacrificing productivity and collaboration – critical components for timely, life-saving care. No matter the hybrid computing environment, employees can securely access, share, sync and store data across edge endpoints with ease. Explore the right tools for your organization today:

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