HealthCare Business News talks to Philips about cyber-security in healthcare
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With reports about new cyber-attacks appearing almost daily, cyber-security has become a hot topic in the battle to protect people’s personal data. And no data is more sensitive or personal than people’s medical records.
In the October 2018 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News, Michael McNeil, Head of Global Product & Security Services at Philips and former member of the US Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, discusses the unique nature of cyber-security in the healthcare industry, why the industry in general is lagging other sectors such as financial services, and what healthcare organizations can do to identify and mitigate the risks.
The healthcare industry, with how it’s designed to maintain solutions in the marketplace, has clearly been a laggard compared to the financial services industry, even though healthcare is considered by most countries to be a critical infrastructure.
Head of Global Product & Security Services at Philips
“The healthcare industry, with how it’s designed to maintain solutions in the marketplace, has clearly been a laggard compared to the financial services industry, even though healthcare is considered by most countries to be a critical infrastructure,” said Michael. “So the very first task is that you take an inventory of the equipment and see where you have systems that are still being supported, because you need to know where your exposure is in that particular environment.”
For Philips, a company that helps to manage over 23 petabytes of medical data for its customers, making it available to clinicians at the precise moment it’s needed for effective diagnosis and treatment, end-to-end data security is of paramount importance. It’s why Philips has a dedicated team tasked with identifying threats and vulnerabilities and putting in place the processes needed to make sure they’re managed appropriately.
For more information on Philips’ commitment to protecting healthcare data and securing hospital systems, including a podcast with Michael McNeil, click here.