According to a recent survey, 29 million patient records were stolen between 2010 and 2013. Add the slew of them that cropped up in 2014, and you can see that this is an epidemic that is growing stronger, not weaker. With the cry for big data and more access electrically, what you do to protect your data is critical.
Ask About The Problems
If you talk to RSA President, Amit Yoran, he might just tell you that you’re solving the wrong problems. Now, a different solution that looks at where the data comes from—the network or cloud to laptops or phones—needs to be surveyed constantly or you’re missing something. To keep the data secure, you have to know where the data is coming from and where it goes. Always.
A Full Blown Cyber Security Plan
In his recent speech on a five point cyber security plan, Yoran also noted that paying attention to authentication and identity play a key role because these tend to be the building blocks to deeper infiltrations. You can’t assume that it’s over when you’ve caught them. Your attackers may have penetrated into related fields. In essence, you’re teaching the enemy your attacks will protect. They will bypass these and continue to hack elsewhere unless you have a security plan that covers all venues.
Electronic Health Records Only The Beginning
What does all these mean to the health care environment? You have to be thinking that your systems aren’t foolproof. In 2015, 80% of the doctors and 60% of the hospitals who treat Medicare patients will have electronic health records. That’s Obama’s way to modernize health care and ensure that doctors, hospitals, and insurance agencies can talk to one another.
In theory, that’s great, but with all these doctors, hospitals, and insurance agencies looking at the data, are they looking at who else is looking at the data? Probably not.
It’s More Than Healthcare…
While the data in the survey was connected to health care, and there is government backup to ensure “compliance” in this one area, it is easy to see how this impacts all of industry. Home Depot. Target. TJ Maxx. The list goes on. Maybe it is time to consider Yoran’s idea and come up the a plan that will carry you through the cyber security changes that are taking place.
That’s where your data center services provider comes in. Intelishift likes to think we’ve got a handle on the in’s and out’s of data. If you have a question about colocation, security in general, then please give us a call. We’re located in the Austin, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Washington DC areas.
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