Industry Trends

Get Ahead of Evolving Healthcare Cyberthreats

By Susan Biddle | May 20, 2016

Q: Why are conventional firewalls no longer enough?

A: They never were to begin with.

We caught up with Don Kopanoff at HIMSS 2016 to talk about the current state of security – and for him, it’s all about the rising complexity of threats.

Last year, for example, upwards of 90 percent of identified viruses were unknown to the firewalls they infiltrated – meaning that if a firewall’s definitions aren’t aggressively updated, each passing day presents a new vulnerability.

The increasing reliance on distributed devices, Kopanoff says, represents both a problem and an advantage for healthcare companies. On one hand, the incorporation of devices and distributed data across clinics and medical campuses improves care and creates efficiency. But on the other, it creates innumerable points of vulnerability and gives IT managers a more cumbersome job.

Check out the video to see why internal segmentation and other strategies like implementing an advanced threat protection framework have become so important in managing the proliferation of devices – and the security threats they bring with them.