Healthcare Cloud Security Explained

Years before the pandemic, the healthcare industry had already been busily digitally transforming itself. Yet, the pandemic did pull years of demand for telehealth and remote work forward into 2020. While this created a rapid and considerable shift to cloud computing, it also left a considerable number of legacy systems in place — as well as quite the challenge for cybersecurity teams charged with securing these systems. One could say it’s been a very challenging couple of years for healthcare security teams.

Consider the safety concerns raised by the 168 US-based healthcare cybersecurity professionals who responded to the 2020 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. That survey found several patient safety concerns resulting from security incidents, including the disruption of non-emergency clinical care (61% of respondents) and the disruption of emergency services (28%). Within the survey, 17% of respondents also cited serious patient injury or harm as a concern.

Today, many of the industry’s cybersecurity challenges are due to talent shortages, the heavy burden of legacy systems and technical debt, the growing number of endpoints, and the increased complexity of modern healthcare technical environments. Every year a more significant part of the healthcare technology environment consists of cloud systems. While cloud computing can help

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