Cyber Security Challenges in the Medical Field | Holm Security
Cyber Security Challenges in the Medical Field
Assessing the risk landscape
Most healthcare organizations are aware of the importance of having an effective cyber security strategy. However, manually checking thousands of systems for vulnerabilities turned out to be ineffective and time-consuming. Ken Bontinck, Security Expert at ZNA, explains that before using Holm Security VMP (Vulnerability Management Platform), they had tried open-source solutions, self-written scripts, and internet tools to map security risks. They had previously been contacted by comparable suppliers of Vulnerability Management solutions, at a financially unfeasible range. Deciding to go with Holm Security VMP came down to its fair price and being a European provider.
All from the same platform
Holm Security VMP has saved ZNA a lot of time compared to the manual work in the past. Being able to automatically and agentless scan entire network segments or web applications and get a good overview of the vulnerabilities found has simplified ZNA’s remediation process. Reports help to aid discussions with internal and external parties (e.g. suppliers of medical software or equipment).
With the increase of sophisticated social engineering, especially phishing and spear phishing, ZNA has also run phishing simulations on employees. Phishing simulation and awareness training are done directly from the platform.
Improving cyber security in the COVID-19 pandemic
After a successful PoC, to evaluate the platform, the PoC environment converted into a production environment. Ken describes the set-up as one of the fastest done at ZNA.
Business-critical systems and solutions
With many different software and hardware solutions for medical purposes and IT purposes (infrastructure and applications), and many of them business-critical, the importance of safely monitoring systems and having a good overview of all vulnerabilities is all so important. However, in today’s rapidly changing threat landscape identifying risks and vulnerabilities is not an easy task.
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