The Balancing Act: Innovation and Data Security in Healthcare

Liat Hayun, Co-founder & CEO of Eureka Security
Liat Hayun, Co-founder & CEO of Eureka Security

When it comes to security, the healthcare sector is between a rock and a hard place. At once constantly driven to innovate and adopt new technologies to improve patient care, organizations in healthcare must do so under incredibly strict security guardrails due to the presence, use and storage of highly sensitive patient data in their environments. This includes personal health information (PHI), which is subject to strict regulations like HIPAA and GDPR. Organizations in this sector must be forward-thinking and embrace innovation while maintaining rigorous data security and ensuring compliance with ever-evolving industry regulations.

Eureka Security’s comprehensive data security platform empowers healthcare organizations to navigate this balancing act and provide their patients with care and services powered by the most cutting edge technology, while holistically securing their most sensitive data.

Security Posture and Overall Health

Think of your organization's data security posture as its overall health. Just like a healthy individual has strong natural defenses that fight off illnesses, a strong data security posture is one in which  proactive measures are implemented  to prevent data breaches and unauthorized access.

Eureka Security provides unmatched value to  healthcare organizations, helping them build  strong security postures in several ways:

  • Continuous monitoring: Eureka Security constantly monitors cloud environments for suspicious activity, unauthorized access attempts, and potential vulnerabilities. This allows organizational security teams to identify and address threats before they can cause harm.
  • Automated threat detection: Eureka Security utilizes advanced technology to detect sophisticated threats before data is exfiltrated or compromised. This ensures that organizations do not rely solely on manual detection methods, which can be time-consuming, ineffective and prone to error.
  • Compliance management: The healthcare industry is one of the most highly regulated and stringently controlled sectors in the market. Eureka Security helps organizations remain continuously compliant with industry security regulations by providing tools and insights to identify and manage sensitive data.

Data Discovery: X-raying the Unknown

Just like a doctor uses an X-ray to reveal, detect and diagnose hidden health issues, data discovery plays a crucial role in identifying unknown security threats. Eureka Security utilizes advanced data discovery techniques to uncover sensitive data residing across the organization’s  cloud environment, even in unexpected locations. This comprehensive understanding of your company’s data landscape allows you to implement appropriate security controls and close any potential security gaps.

Eureka Security takes data discovery a step further by:

  • Automating the process: Eureka Security automates the discovery of sensitive data, eliminating the need for manual searches and reducing the risk of human error.
  • Data classification: Eureka Security classifies your data based on its sensitivity level, allowing you to prioritize your security efforts and focus on protecting the most critical information.
  • Continuous discovery: Eureka Security continuously monitors your cloud environment for new data and automatically identifies any new sensitive information that is added.

By understanding and classifying your data, Eureka easily implements appropriate security controls such as access restrictions and encryption to ensure its confidentiality and integrity.

Taking a Proactive Approach: Addressing Underlying Issues

Just as regular checkups and proactive healthcare are crucial for maintaining good health, continuously monitoring and addressing underlying security posture issues are essential for securing sensitive data. Ignoring potential threats, even if they seem minor, can lead to serious consequences down the line, including data exfiltration and malicious activity.

These regular evaluations of your  security posture will secure your environments from any potential malicious activity, before it happens. This proactive approach is similar to getting regular check-ups to detect and rapidly address underlying health conditions before they progress into more serious problems. By taking a proactive stance, you can prevent costly data breaches and ensure the long-term security and integrity of your patients' data.

Detecting Threats and Viruses

In the same way that our bodies are constantly working to detect and fight off viruses, healthcare organizations need sophisticated tools to constantly work to identify potential security threats. This includes monitoring for suspicious activity, vulnerabilities in systems, and unauthorized access attempts. Eureka Security plays a vital role here, acting as your organization's immune system by automatically detecting and alerting you to potential threats before they can harm your sensitive data.

A Healthy Future for Healthcare Data

By adopting a proactive approach to data security with the help of solutions like Eureka Security, healthcare organizations can achieve the perfect balance of innovation and compliance. This ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive patient data, allowing you to focus on your core mission of providing excellent care and driving advancements in healthcare.

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