Healthcare Providers Must Vault Patient Data to Ensure Cybersecurity, Dell Says

“Bad actors will continue to attempt to penetrate healthcare facility systems”

“Bad actors will continue to attempt to penetrate healthcare facility systems”


Healthcare providers in India need to build cyber resilience in their organizations, especially as the country now reports a 300% increase in cyberattacks, Dell Technologies has warned.

Cyberattacks have disrupted the operations of pandemic-affected healthcare providers even as they embrace digital transformation to improve their recovery and resilience, said Ripu Bajwa, director and general manager, Data Protection Solutions at Dell.

At the initial peak of the pandemic itself, seven million cases of cyberattacks against the health sector were recorded in the country, Bajwa said. The Hindu.

“Ransomware and attempted intrusions into healthcare facility systems will continue to be a serious problem. With a 300% increase in cyber attack incidents in India, it is more important that key decision makers place intrinsic security at the heart of their digital strategies,” he said.

Healthcare leaders needed to build their organizations’ cyber resilience to protect their most critical and sensitive data, including patient medical records, accompanying images, and diagnostic system documents.

“Placing this critical data in a vault will help ensure that it is isolated, cannot be altered, and can be quickly recovered in the event of an attack, allowing healthcare services to get back up and running quickly,” Mr. Bajwa added.

Regarding the scope of prevention and anticipation, he pointed out that preventive cybertechnology is constantly evolving with new innovations to protect data and keep pace with bad actors.

“However, a collaborative approach is now needed to maximize resilience, even with preventative technologies. As international governments come together to mount more robust joint defenses against cyberattacks, the brightest cyber experts, CIOs and public health officials should do so as well,” Bajwa added. According to a KPMG report, India remains the country facing the second highest number of cyberattacks, with malware and ransomware particularly affecting the healthcare sector. The State of Ransomware in Healthcare 2021 report indicates that 34% of healthcare organizations were affected by ransomware last year.

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