Brightwork was founded to guide our clients and deliver better experiences by combating healthcare’s growing technological complexity, shortage of skilled personnel, and increasing consumer demands. Security is fundamental to building and maintaining the trust of your patients and it has grown more complex given HIPAA, HITRUST, PCI DSS, GDPR, etc. The average hospital has 600+ applications, thousands of devices, countless databases on premise, colocated and in the cloud, connected through networks exchanging terabytes of information through HL7’s, FHIR, and other API’s.
Maintaining a secure environment is a complex and rapidly evolving journey that is never complete. The HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules state “an organization must protect against reasonably anticipated, impermissible uses or disclosures and ensure compliance by their workforce.” Building and maintaining a security posture is a monumental task under the best of circumstances. As the bad actors evolve their strategy and tactics, so must your security posture and defense adapt.
Brightwork’s Strategy and Advisory practice, change and risk management, and technology expertise are uniquely positioned to help your organization identify, prioritize, and remediate these ever-evolving risks.
Cybersecurity is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. It’s also known as information technology security or electronic information security.
Let’s Unpack That
Defense in depth is a strategy using multiple security measures to protect the integrity of information. This way of thinking is used to cover all angles of business security – intentionally being redundant when necessary. If one line of defense is compromised, additional layers of defense are in place to ensure that threats don’t slip through the cracks. This method addresses the security vulnerabilities that inevitably exist in technology, personnel, and operations within a network.
Today’s cyberthreats are rapidly evolving. Defense in depth is a solid, comprehensive approach to utilizing a combination of advanced security tools to protect critical data and block threats before they reach their endpoint. Endpoint protection, including antivirus and firewalls, are still instrumental elements of complete security. However, a defense in depth strategy is rising significantly, as these methods of network security alone are no longer enough. The concept of defense in depth takes cybersecurity a step further by acknowledging the macro controls needed for ultimate protection, including physical, technical, and administrative aspects of the network. These three controls build the architecture of a defense in depth strategy:
Physical Controls –The security measures that protect IT systems from physical harm. Examples of physical controls include security guards and locked doors.
Technical Controls – The protection methods that secure network systems. Hardware, software, and network level protection are included within a company’s specific technical controls. Cybersecurity efforts including layered security live in this category.
Administrative Controls – The policies and procedures put in place by an organization that is directed at the employees. Training employees to make certain to label sensitive information as “confidential” or keep private files in proper folders is an example of administrative control.
Why Choose Security?
Over the past decade, criminals have been able to seize on a low-risk, high-reward landscape in which attribution is rare, and significant pressure is placed on the traditional levers and responses to crime. In the next 10 years, the cybersecurity landscape could change significantly, driven by a new generation of transformative technology.
To understand how to secure our shared digital future, we must first understand how the security community believes the cyberthreat will change and how the consequent risk landscape will be transformed. This critical and urgent analysis must be based on evidence and research and must leverage the expertise of those in academia, the technical community, and policymakers around the world.
By doing this, the security ecosystem can help build a new generation of cybersecurity defenses and partnerships that will enable global prosperity.
Why Work With Us?
There are many facets to consider when exploring Security as a Service solution and it can be very confusing to figure out who is going to be the right cybersecurity partner for my company. We understand this and have helped other companies like yours weave their way through this complex process.
Our company has reach and depth, tenured engineers and facilitators, and a deep bench of proven experience-based knowledge. We can help you assess your current state and identify potential cybersecurity companies that will be the right fit for your organization.
Is Security Right for My Organization?
Each second, more than 77 terabytes of internet traffic takes place online. As such, the internet has become a digital Silk Road that facilitates nearly every facet of modern life. And, just as ancient merchants were sometimes beset by bandits on the actual Silk Road, today’s entrepreneurs can easily find themselves under attack from cyber malcontents working to derail companies through theft and disruption.
In recent years, headlines have spotlighted crippling cyberattacks against major corporations. While each corporate cyberattack resulted in millions of dollars in damages, most stories fail to mention the many data breaches that affect much softer targets: small businesses.
From the start of August 2020 to the end of July 2021, there were 706 reported healthcare data breaches of 500 or more records and the healthcare data of 44,369,781 individuals has been exposed or compromised. That’s an average of 58.8 data breaches and around 3.70 million records per month! (https://www.hipaajournal.com/july-2021-healthcare-data-breach-report/)
Things to Consider
Keep your software up to date. Hackers are constantly scanning for security vulnerabilities, and if you let these weaknesses go for too long, you’re greatly increasing your chances of being targeted. Educate your employees. Teach your employees about the different ways cybercriminals can infiltrate your systems. Advise them on how to recognize signs of a breach and educate them on how to stay safe while using the company’s network.
Implement formal security policies. Putting in place and enforcing security policies is essential to locking down your system. Protecting the network should be on everyone’s mind since everyone who uses it can be a potential endpoint for attackers. Regularly hold meetings and seminars on the best cybersecurity practices, such as using strong passwords, identifying and reporting suspicious emails, activating two-factor authentication, and clicking links or downloading attachments. Practice your incident response plan. Despite your best efforts, there may come a time when your company falls prey to a cyberattack. If that day comes, it’s important that your staff can handle the fallout that comes from it. By drawing up a response plan, attacks can be quickly identified and quelled before doing too much damage.