Healthcare Cybersecurity

Sophos addresses the cybersecurity challenges of healthcare to ensure uninterrupted operations. The layered security and proactive monitoring of your network’s health protects the IT environments and sensitive ePHI and helps you prove compliance with stringent regulatory mandates and industry best practices.

The State of Ransomware in Healthcare 2022

Ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations can be particularly devastating as they impact the availability of healthcare systems and data, as well as the ability to deliver patient care. Sophos’ proactive threat hunting and prevention tools are constantly evolving to stay ahead of ransomware.

Key Findings:

  • 66% hit by ransomware, up from 34% in the previous year
  • 61% of attacks encrypted data
  • 61% paid the ransom – the highest across sectors surveyed
  • US$1.85M average recovery cost
  • Cyber insurance against ransomware paid out in 97% of incident

Strengthen Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical Organizations

The pharmaceutical sector is increasingly attractive to attackers, as it holds data worth billions of dollars in the form of intellectual Property, R&D, and patient and clinical trials information. Sophos addresses the unique cybersecurity challenges arising out of this sector’s reliance on third-party suppliers, IT/OT convergence, hybrid and multi-vendor clouds, and more.

Protect patient data privacy

Healthcare organizations have variety of sensitive data that are stored and used in many different places. Sophos’ preventative and active protection tools provide security across the entire healthcare network, right down to individual devices.

  • Secure your data on Windows, Mac and virtual machines with Sophos Intercept X with XDR. Healthcare-specific data loss protection rules provide stronger protection. Hunt down evasive threats and automatically respond to incidents with Sophos XDR.
  • Protect your data and prove compliance in case your devices are lost or stolen with Sophos Encryption that offers a quick, easy way to ensure Windows and macOS devices are safely encrypted.
  • Prevent attacks reaching your sensitive healthcare data, critical medical systems, and other parts of your ecosystem with Sophos Firewall that uses AI-powered threat detection technology.
  • Get server-specific protection for on-premises, virtual, and multi-cloud environments with Sophos Intercept X for Server. It stops advanced attacks and enables you to quickly identify and address suspicious activity.
  • Stop accidental and malicious data breaches by encrypting personally identifiable information, patient records, medical images, and other sensitive data with Sophos Email.
  • Get absolute control over who can access data on your network with Sophos Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). Very granular controls block lateral movement while ensuring only authorized people can access sensitive data.

Connect securely from remote locations

Give your users secure access to healthcare data from anywhere.

  • Connect remote sites and individuals to your main network with Sophos SD-RED that works with Sophos Firewall. It’s ideal for local clinics and medical suites, as well as people with highly sensitive data.
  • Ensure secure connections for Windows and macOS via the free Sophos Connect VPN in Sophos Firewall.
  • Control who can access what with Sophos Zero Trust Network Access that puts identity at the center of defense, constantly validating the user, the device, and policy compliance. It provides a transparent ‘just works’ experience for users while enabling IT teams to get new users up and running quickly.

Maintain reliability of cloud environments and secure patient data

  • Protect environments from known and emerging network threats and maintain web-application availability with Sophos High Availability Firewalls. Save time deploying multiple network security products with an all-in-one firewall solution including IPS, ATP, URL filtering, and bi-directional antivirus for WAF to protect web-facing applications.
  • Secure business-critical virtual machines and virtual desktops without sacrificing performance with Sophos Intercept X for Server with XDR cloud workload protection. Advanced ransomware protection capabilities disrupt the whole attack chain, including file protection, automatic file recovery, and behavioral analysis to stop attacks and roll back unauthorized encryption in seconds.
  • Proactively reduce organizational risk from unsanctioned activity, vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and insecure identities in multi-cloud environments with Sophos Cloud Optix. Ensure busy teams respond to threats faster with risk profiled security, compliance, and cloud spend alerts that group affected resources with detailed remediation steps.
  • Get easy 24/7 threat monitoring and response with Sophos Managed Detection and Response. With telemetry from Sophos products running on AWS, Azure and GCP, this experienced team continuously monitors your cloud environments, and analyze and triage security events to prevent them from compromising your data and systems.

Security Measures That Don’t Hamper Healthcare Operations

Many unapproved apps that make the jobs of healthcare users easier may find their way into your organization, leaving your network and data at high risk. Sophos helps you tackle shadow IT without getting in the way of your day-to-day operations.

  • Get an oversight of which applications are installed on your users’ devices with Intercept X with XDR. Any unsanctioned apps can be addressed directly – and even remotely uninstalled where necessary.
  • See exactly which cloud services are being used, and what kind of data they’re sending and receiving with Cloud Optix. If staff are using unapproved services, you can choose whether to allow or block the traffic – or send a warning directly to the user.
  • Give priority to trusted network traffic and ensure critical processes can continue without disruption with Sophos Firewall.

Maintain Regulatory Compliance

Healthcare is one of the most regulated industries today owing to the vast amount of sensitive PHI it holds. To achieve and demonstrate compliance, healthcare organizations need to invest heavily into preparing audit reports. Sophos Central includes flexible reporting tools that enable you to visualize your network activity and security over time. You get several built-in compliance reports as well as easy tools to create your own custom reports.

One of the requirements to comply with the many healthcare regulatory mandates around the world is to verify which computers in the organization are encrypted. And in the case of lost or stolen laptops, organizations must prove that these missing devices are encrypted. Sophos Encryption makes it easy to verify encryption status and demonstrate compliance.

Case Studies

D4C Dental Brands

Sophos helps fast-growing dental network of D4C Dental Brands, the largest paediatric dental and orthodontic specialty network in the U.S. unify, simplify, and centralize security.

Regional Cancer Center

To reduce its exposure to cyber threats, RCC, a government-funded hospital, needed a solution which, while being top-notch in terms of security, would still fall within the limits of its budget.

Maine General

Sophos inspires Maine General Health, a not-for-profit healthcare provider, to take its security to an advanced level of endpoint and network protection.

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“The cybersecurity threat landscape continues to evolve with ever increasing sophistication. AI and other technologies used by threat actors means the techniques for ransomware and other attacks will be unpredictable. Most SMBs are ill-prepared to confront this challenge.”

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