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Telehealth Is Here. Make It Secure.

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Telehealth to experience massive growth with COVID-19 situation. Frost & Sullivan forecasts a sevenfold growth in Telehealth by 2025 – a five-year CAGR of 38.2%. Users accessing health care systems through multiple endpoints and external networks contribute to an expanding attack surface. A Zero Trust Model that trusts no user or device, on the inside or outside, only granting least-privilege access upon reliable identification is the need of the hour. Partner with Unisys for a start to finish roadmap to successfully develop your Zero Trust Model.

Ready or Not, Telehealth Is Here to Stay

Healthcare was already the most breached industry when the pandemic caught everyone off-guard and forced the hand of many healthcare providers, ready or not, to turn to Telehealth. Virtual doctor visits went from about 12,000 a week to more than a million a week. Demand for Telehealth is predicted to soar by 64.3% in the U.S. in 2020.

Hackers are taking full advantage of the chaos. As healthcare organizations rushed to protect the health of their workers and patients by providing remote access, security protocols sometimes went by the wayside even while the attack surface was expanding and opening gaps. With stolen medical records going for $1,000 on the dark web, and rampant insurance fraud from healthcare records theft, Telehealth providers can expect constant bombardment from cybercriminals around the world, constantly scanning the internet for an open port or a compromised device.

The explosion of Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), like at home monitors and remote-care devices, creates a target-rich environment as many IoMT devices lack embedded security and are thus vulnerable to intrusion and possibly granting intruders access to the wider healthcare network. Healthcare-related organizations are also a favorite target of ransomware attacks, with IT systems paralyzed at major hospitals, clinical testing labs, vaccine researchers, medical labs, urban care centers, and even small physician offices.

Even before the pandemic, traditional security measures were losing the battle against cyberattacks on dynamic networks. Static security controls are not only difficult to manage, update and operate, but they raise the cost of security and compliance and constrain agility. The remedy? A Zero Trust Model that trusts no user or device, on the inside or outside, only granting least-privilege access upon reliable identification.