Healthcare organisations hold a lot of personal and confidential data that needs effectively protecting to avoid costly and damaging cyber security breaches. However, the sensitive data they store also makes them high-risk targets for ransomware and phishing attempts, so robust healthcare cyber security is crucial for the sector.

According to Hiscox’s Cyber Readiness Report 2022 the healthcare sector was in the top three sectors that faced the highest median losses due to cyber attacks in 2022.

Continuity and accessibility are vital to the successful operations and outcomes of healthcare organisations. Alongside the risk of data leaks from a cyber breach, cyber attacks can also take down critical online services used for making appointments, managing prescriptions, and patient information systems.

Healthcare cyber security incidents can disrupt patient care, so investing in the right security infrastructure is a top priority for our NHS and other healthcare organisations.

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Disaster recovery and backup: cyber security for healthcare

Public sector wide budget constraints have resulted in disaster recovery becoming less of a priority for a lot of healthcare organisations, with many now having an outdated recovery plan – or no plan at all. However, digital transformation across the sector is growing as healthcare moves into more modern ways of working with paperless solutions. This making cyber security for healthcare, including backup and recovery, an important consideration to protect patient data and continuity of care.

As the cyber security landscape continues to evolve and healthcare remains a prime target, disaster recovery and back up needs to become a key focus to protect these vital organisations.

The benefits of disaster recovery and backup in healthcare

Disaster recovery and backup planning are critical for healthcare cyber security, helping to ensure the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of critical data and systems.

Disaster recovery and backup enables healthcare organisations to:

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Minimise downtime: quickly recover from disasters or system failures, reducing downtime and minimising the impact on patient care

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Protect patient data: prevents patient data from being lost, stolen, or compromised

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Ensure continuity of care: safeguards patient care to ensure they can continue to get the care they need during a disaster or other unexpected event

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Simplify compliance: supports healthcare organisations to meet regulatory requirements for data protection and security

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Improve patient and employee safety and wellbeing: helps healthcare organisations to identify potential risks and hazards and take steps to prevent or mitigate them, reducing the risk of adverse events

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Enhances organisational resilience: trains organisations in how to maintain operations and continue to provide high-quality patient care during unexpected events

Sentinel Essentials

Our Microsoft Sentinel Essentials managed service supports health organisations with attack detection, threat visibility, security, and threat response.

This service leverages Microsoft Sentinel technology to proactively identify threats and our cyber security analysts support you with a targeted response to manage them.

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Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)

SASE is a security framework that combines wide area networking and security solutions into a converged cloud-delivered platform. This platform securely connects users and systems to apps and resources.

Users can only access SASE if it is approved. The platform is fully cloud native and you can work from anywhere with full protection, making it perfect for healthcare organisations that need cyber security solutions distributed across a number of different locations.

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