2015 will be a year of transition for security in healthcare where providers and organisations in the ecosystem catch up with other industries regarding the state of their cybersecurity.
In many ways, healthcare is in technology and information overload, with no clear standardisation on architecture, delivery or design. When evaluating healthcare security, it's also important to look at the entire ecosystem, small to large hospitals, healthcare insurers, healthcare application providers, medical equipment manufacturers and to some extent pharmaceutical and bio companies. Why? They all carry information related to patient medical data, and intellectual property tied to healthcare innovation.
With that in mind, here are some 2015 trends to track:
1. Going Back to Basics
You will see healthcare organisations better emphasise visibility and network segmentation, in terms of:
- Knowing what's on the network at all times
- Making informed decision on where to invest in security first
- Identifying rapidly the areas that are high risk
- Methodically and logically starting to remove traffic that does not belong to the business of healthcare
- Implementing a better and more systematic approach to patching
2. Driving Better Awareness
We're starting to see an evolution in the employee culture and decision-making power within healthcare organisations. Security's awareness among key stakeholder groups — administrative employees, medical staff, patients and visitors and others — will continue to grow.
Culturally speaking, healthcare organisations will hopefully adopt more of a prevention mindset and foster greater collaboration within the broader ecosystem of healthcare providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies.
3. Security Automation
Security automation will become table stakes for security in healthcare because of the high volume of information and the flow of data.
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