Largest Healthcare Data Breaches Reported in February 2022 Confirms Need for Network Security Based on Zero Trust Microsegmentation

Onclave Networks, Inc. recommends Zero Trust Microsegmentation as one of the most effective ways to mitigate breaches to critical systems and IoT.

Cybersecurity continues to remain a top priority for healthcare leaders, as 2021 was the worst year to date on healthcare record breaches, with nearly 45 million records being exposed or stolen in a record 686 major breaches. Stolen healthcare records are the source of 95% of all identity theft and are worth 25 times as much as a credit card. Onclave Networks, an enterprise network security innovator, recommends healthcare organizations adopt Zero Trust Microsegmentation to better protect against costly network breaches and ransomware.

“The expansion of the healthcare network perimeter has become impossible for traditional IT solutions to monitor and secure,” said Scott Martin, chief marketing officer for Onclave Networks. “Healthcare IT systems have grown increasingly vulnerable to attack as the growth of networked medical devices, like patient monitors, exponentially increases the endpoints that cybercriminals can attack.”

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Consider the following healthcare industry insights:

  • Hospitals can have as many as 15 to 20 networked devices per bed.
  • Large hospitals can have as many as 85,000 non-IT medical devices.
  • 93% of healthcare organizations experienced a data breach, while 57% of healthcare organizations have had more than five breaches in 2021.

Technology consultancy Gartner predicts that by 2023, the average CIO will be responsible for more than three times the number of endpoints they managed in 2018 and that most healthcare CIOs and CISOs lack an up-to-date, complete and accurate inventory of the devices in their systems.

As a recognized expert in healthcare cybersecurity solutions, Onclave is well-positioned to protect healthcare’s expanding network perimeter as a result of technological advancements and platforms associated with telehealth and remote patient monitoring while addressing HIPAA and HITECH compliance requirements.

Onclave is a key contributor to The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE)’s February 2022 report, “Securing Telehealth Remote Patient Monitoring Ecosystems.” (SP 1800-30). The report is the final guidance to healthcare organizations on the risks associated with remote patient monitoring architecture and is intended to ensure healthcare organizations are involving people, process, and partnering with appropriate integrated platform providers to implement a holistic risk-mitigation strategy.

Traditional IT cybersecurity solutions lack visibility into all systems and devices connected to the network and use detection as a defensive perimeter, which doesn’t protect from breaches and lateral movement of bad actors throughout the network.

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