How to secure healthcare data amid COVID-19

Amid the current pandemic, there has been an increase in cyberattacks targeting hospitals and healthcare facilities as cybercriminals attempt to take advantage of the global health crisis to steal data or spread dangerous malware.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has noted that since the onset of the pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of cyberattacks directed at its staff, as well as email scams targeting the public.

In the Philippines, this has prompted the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to call for proactive measures to guard against cyberattacks.

As healthcare organizations seek to protect their patient information, Fujitsu Philippines Inc. lists some important ways to achieve better healthcare cybersecurity.

Establish a security culture

Ensure that all staff members are well-trained and informed about cybersecurity. It also pays to remind them that everyone is responsible for protecting the organization’s data.

Prepare for BYOD

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture has been around for years and there has been an increase in the number of healthcare providers using mobile devices at work. Encryption and other protective measures are critical to ensure that any information on these devices is secure.

Use firewall and antivirus software

Anything connected to the internet should have a firewall. It should also be protected by anti-virus software, which must be updated regularly.

Control access

Access to protected information should only be granted to those who need to view or use the data. This goes for both the network and physical access to healthcare data. Pro tip: use strong passwords and change them regularly.

Invest in cloud

Cloud solutions are more flexible and cost-saving. For organizations new to the cloud, security is seen as a top concern—so much so, it is often regarded as a significant barrier to adoption. Meanwhile, those further along the cloud journey see security benefits that cloud can offer.

For instance, Fujitsu Philippines is helping healthcare facilities deliver the benefits of cloud through its range of cloud-based services. The results: new levels of business agility, greater cost efficiencies, and rapid innovation, all without compromising security, reliability or control.

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