Health IT tip of the day: Know when hackers enter your network

Prepare to detect cyberattacks as soon as they occur, not after the hackers have been active in your system for days, weeks or months.

Peter Nguyen, director of technical services for LightCyber in Los Altos, Calif.: Not becoming the next data breach victim is a chief concern for healthcare organizations. According to an Accenture report, healthcare companies stand to lose $305 billion in cumulative lifetime revenue over the next five years to cyberattacks. A KPMG report shows a staggering 81 percent of hospital and health insurance companies have been victimized by a data breaches. Despite these sobering realities, very few organizations have the ability to detect active attacks once a cybercriminal has penetrated their network. The Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield breach first occurred in December 2013 but wasn't discovered until August 2015. Start shifting some focus from preventative security to behavioral attack detection. The new Gartner report on User and Entity Behavior Analytics provides some great insight into this new area that is already showing a lot of promise. Healthcare organizations will not be able to fully prevent an attacker from getting into their networks, but they can detect them early before theft and damage occur.

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