Advanced detection and response in healthcare

Hackers are becoming more advanced in their methods to gain access to patient data, hospital systems and employee credentials. Healthcare companies need to take proactive measures to protect data and avoid HIPAA or GDPR penalties.

Advanced detection and response is a key element of proactive cybersecurity in healthcare. Being reactive is not enough to comply with strict regulations and protect patient data from malicious attacks.

How can advanced detection and response solutions help to identify threats within the healthcare setting?

Managed detection and response for fortified healthcare

In the healthcare industry, thousands of potential weak points and endpoints can leave systems vulnerable to attacks. In house IT teams or cybersecurity teams often don’t have the time, resource or specialist skills to continuously monitor and identify every area of their system that is vulnerable.

Managed detection and response outsources this cybersecurity threat detection to experts with access to advanced technology including, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and edge computing. At Atos we also have 16 Security Operation Centers, which we use to identify and stop potential threats. Combined they offer 24/7 detection and response with over 6,000 cyber security experts worldwide.

Data is continuously analyzed to identify patterns and attacks in real time. The threats can then be prioritized and contained. Attackers are subsequently evicted by threat responders quickly and efficiently.

APT detection and remediation

An APT or an advanced persistent threat is one of the most serious threats an organization can face. In the healthcare industry it is critical to identify and stop these threats from gaining access to confidential patient data or research.

An example of an APT threat in healthcare is hackers targeting healthcare organizations for intellectual property and research on Covid 19. This was a real threat that could have had a detrimental impact on the containment of the disease and the development of Covid 19 vaccines.

Cyber criminals used password spraying in an attempt to gain access to employees’ accounts and extract confidential and valuable research into Covid 19. Password spraying is where hackers use lists of common passwords to attempt to gain access to employees’ accounts. By using these passwords on thousands of users they can avoid detection and find a way in through a single employee with a weak password. Once they gain access to a single part of the system, they can then use the data and information gained to penetrate servers and access restricted data.

Managed detection and response uses big data and artificial intelligence combined with specially trained cybersecurity experts to identify, contain and resolve advanced persistent threats that cannot be easily identified.

Security operation centers (SOC)

Security operation centers (SOC) are dedicated cybersecurity centers that provide real time end to end cybersecurity solutions for partners and customers. At Atos we have over 6,000 expertly trained staff that are available 24/7 worldwide. Their role is to process large amounts of data, for instance from security logs, and leverage it to detect and respond to threats in real time.

CERT services

In our current ecosystem, there are hundreds of new vulnerabilities that are discovered every day. The support of a Computer Emergency Response Team is to provide organization with the right threat intelligence applicable to their business. This enhance the organization’s preventive approach: once these vulnerabilities are identified and communicated, the organization can proactively minimize its risk exposure.

CERT services can also include an analysis of malicious activities for threat hunting and incident response.

For more information on how Atos can help with advanced detection and response along with a full end to end cybersecurity solutions for healthcare companies contact our healthcare team.

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