Devices in the Health Care Are at Risk
There is expected to be an increase in the vulnerability of
security for medical devices. This is for 2 reasons. The first is that many
devices in hospitals are connected wirelessly. And some devices are connected
to older operating systems which are easy targets for hackers.
More Technology, More Problems
By there being more technology devices, increases the number
of opportunities for hackers to strike. Especially since many of these devices
are not secured properly, if at all.
Drought in the IT Security Field
The health care industry is seeking the best and the
brightest for their IT security departments. The shortage of qualified, competent
security professionals is an ongoing problem for the healthcare industry. Finding
the right candidates was a challenge this year, and that won’t change in 2017.
Increase in IoT & Mobile Devices
The increase in IoT and mobile devices will put service
providers at risk for attacks. There’s expected to be 20 billion IoT/mobile
devices by the end of 2020, so this problem is just getting started. Expect it
to be a security trend for years to come.
The Cloud’s Glory Days Are Coming to an End
I don’t mean people will stop using the cloud. On the
contrary, more organizations are going to start relying on the cloud to secure
data. While the cloud is a necessary advancement, it also poses a huge security
risk. And the day will come when “the cloud” gets hacked. When these flood
gates open, we’re sure there will be enough damage.
The Risk of Insiders
Insiders in your organization who either accidentally or deliberately
release secured information will always be a risk. To prevent this from accidentally
happening, having a training plan in place for your organization’s security
protocols. If an employee is deliberately giving away secure information to a
hacker for malicious purposes, read the next point.
As much as you screen an employee before hiring them, or
train them on your organization’s security protocols, you can’t control if they
willingly give away confidential network information. But there are ways to
prevent this before it happens. In 2017, managers must start reviewing behavior
based analytics. This will make it possible to detect hacks in a more
Starting the New Year
All of these problems have been issues in 2016. Just because
we flip the calendar to a new year, doesn’t mean we wipe the slate clean of
issues that plague the security industry. Every industry has some sort of
analytics today. Being more vigilant in whatever your role is will be vital. DDoS
attacks like the one we saw in October will become more common, so be aware.
Implement a plan in your organization and be prepared!