How a future proof network can secure your most sensitive data

It's common knowledge that even a short hospital stay can result in a gargantuan bill. The costs to hospitals, caregivers and administrators, however, can be many times more, if they are not able to adhere to HIPAA compliance requirements.

Improving hospital network security

Hackers don't want credit cards; they want healthcare records. They're increasingly valuable on the dark web, providing a wealth of information to those who receive them; data that includes social security numbers, driver’s licenses and past addresses.

At best, a data breach on any scale can cost the healthcare provider upwards of $355 per record. This figure accounts for legal fees and reparations, such as credit monitoring services.

The long-term repercussions of a cyber breach extend beyond financial damage. Reputations are a key driver of success in the healthcare industry, and if patients don't feel that their information is safe, the practice will lose business. Developing an effective cybersecurity strategy involves more than installing anti-virus software; hospitals must secure their network first.

Taking the right step

Healthcare records are perhaps most vulnerable during transmission. A HIPAA compliant, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network ensures that the data being carried from one endpoint to the next is as secure as possible.

NetFortris’ MPLS solution creates safe passage of information within a single office space, or between multiple complexes. Furthermore, the mobile option offers added protection in a world where smartphones are increasingly vital in a business setting.

Leveraging this type of secure network comes with additional benefits that healthcare institutions may not receive from providers without a foot in the industry. Aside from a modern firewall system, clients also gain access to intuitive network analytics.

The best defense is a good offense, and the NetFortris platform achieves this by constantly monitoring access and bandwidth consumption. This allows IT personnel to spot irregularities before they become active issues, potentially saving the network from damage, or exposing sensitive patient data. Paired with a variety of other options to provide different layers of protection, hospital administrators can rest easy knowing valuable information, their business and their patients are being protected.