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Coordinating Healthcare Data Center Security, Cloud Security

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The following excerpt is from an article written by Bill Kleyman. It originally appeared on Health IT Security.

From data center security to healthcare cloud security, organizations need to consider numerous aspects when managing healthcare security orchestration.

The modern healthcare IT environment has quickly become the home of next-generation technologies. Still, the proliferation of cloud computing and the data-on-demand generation has created new types of challenges for today’s healthcare IT environments. Not only do administrators have to focus on creating robust, multi-tenant platforms, they must always take end-user performance, resource utilization, and (of course) data center security into consideration.

A recent Ponemon study analyzed the cost of data breaches, and found that the average cost of breaches at organizations have jumped past $4 million per incident, a 29 percent increase since 2013 and 5 percent increase since last year. The study found that average dwell time for breaches stands at 201 days, with organizations requiring another 70 days to contain breaches once they'd been identified.

Furthermore, the report pointed out that the average cost per record equaled about $158. However, being prepared for a cybersecurity incident can diminish that cost. For example, having an incident response plan and team in place can reduce that figure by $16 per record.

There was a great IDC study of US businesses which reveals a wide spectrum of attitudes and approaches to the growing challenge of keeping corporate data safe. While the minority of cybersecurity "best practitioners" set an admirable example, the study findings indicate that most US companies today are underprepared to deal effectively with potential security breaches from outside or inside their firewalls.

"The study findings imply that the US private sector is more exposed to cybersecurity threats than it needs to be, given the best practices that are available today," said Steve Conway, IDC research vice president, High Performance Data Analysis. "IDC believes that this situation will improve substantially only in response to more pervasive, serious breaches — and breaches will become more frequent and damaging during the next 10 years."

"The benefits of analytics, coupled with 3rd Platform delivery channels, will cause the rapid maturation of analytics platforms and further development of hybrid solution/managed security services (MSS)," said Sean Pike, IDC program director, eDiscovery and Information Governance. "As use cases for analytics platforms mature and competition creates price pressure, organizations will likely continue to turn toward these solutions in order to round out existing security resources."

With all of this in mind, let’s pause and look at healthcare. We know that there will be greater levels of digitization for healthcare organizations. We also know that more users (and healthcare professionals) will be using digital tools to consume and deliver healthcare services. Throughout all of this, security will be a critical component and consideration. This is why many healthcare organizations are deploying powerful security technologies around automation, orchestration, and healthcare security systems.

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