Cybersecurity challenges remain front and center for the healthcare industry, which is widely considered to be lagging behind other sectors when it comes to identifying and implementing the most effective defensive strategies.

As mobile devices — which are easy to compromise — become ubiquitous, protecting sensitive data becomes even more difficult. This expert doesn’t buy in to the conventional wisdom that endpoint protection is the best way to go. He points to the impracticality of installing and updating protection on every single device, especially as IoT devices expand exponentially.

Instead, he recommends a different approach to prevent hacking and other criminal intrusions:

  • Use high-end network monitoring and network anomaly detection. This provides insight into the behavior of mHealth devices and users on a daily basis, enabling IT staff to target potential trouble.
  • Scan networks constantly. Match IoT devices, servers and anything using the network against known vulnerabilities.
  • Automate data analytics. Limited cyberdefense resources make it important to be able to pinpoint top information security priorities.
  • Implement personnel access control. Make sure you have a comprehensive view of which people need access to which information, then carefully manage credentials and access.

Learn more about why endpoint protection alone is no longer enough to protect vital data in a world where nearly any device is at risk of being hacked.

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