Various connected devices within the telehealth network need to have tools that offer visibility. The information should include data use, movement, and the device’s level of security. Implementing tools such as these ensure isolation of any at-risk devices. Quick isolation of the compromised device minimizes the cyber criminal’s ability to move laterally across the network. Using a variety of tools and strategies makes achieving this level of visibility possible. When telemedicine providers purchase tools from third-party vendors, it is essential that they measure the level of risk and adjust security policies accordingly. Moreover, providers must define their expectations and level of security they desire clearly to the vendor.
Application Security: Several applications are necessary to connect patients and physicians during a telemedicine consultation. These applications can put providers at risk because IT teams are unable to control the level of security they provide. Also, if remote users update their applications directly after the patch release, they may be more vulnerable to cyber security attacks. Web application firewalls protect health networks from some of the most common application vulnerabilities. These application vulnerabilities include zero-day threats, the Open Web Application Security Project’s (OWASP) top ten, and malicious bots.
Network Access Control (NAC): NACs make it possible for security to view each IT device connected to and operating within the health network. This level of transparency is ideal for telemedicine providers conducting consultations over mobile devices (i.e., tablets, smartphones, portable medical devices, etc.). A NAC solution can identify each device the moment it connects to the health network. Following connectivity, security can track and monitor the device. Security can deliver automated responses to anyone who exhibits unusual, threatening behavior. Furthermore, NACs can use micro-segmentation techniques to limit device access. By using micro-segmentation techniques, personnel can only access and remove the data that is necessary to complete their functions.
Integrated Management and Analytics: A large number of healthcare employees bringing their own devices to work is on the rise. In addition, patients and guests use the healthcare network. These additional users increase the activity level on the network. To keep track of these users, a centralized view of the activity and security alerts must be available. This centralized view is necessary even when the IT team implements a set of separate, isolated security tools.
Other Ways to Heighten Cyber security
Implementing cyber security tools is the first step in securing patient data, and the second step is reviewing security programs. Telemedicine providers need to review their third-party provider contracts and discuss the strategies for responding to any intelligence threat that may arise. In addition, ask how to identify malicious emails and suspicious links so as to avoid cyber security threats. Another vital aspect of securing telehealth data includes remaining abreast of any current cyber security threats.