| Executives October 16, 2019


October 16, 2019

Protecting the healthcare industry from phishing attacks

By Santosh Krishnan

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration warned patients, providers and manufacturers about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain medical devices and equipment such as routers and mobile endpoints. Today, healthcare professionals rely on mobile devices and apps like never before -- to access patient medical records, increase productivity and doctor / patient transparency. However, this has opened up new avenues of attack for bad actors to exploit. In fact, according to the 2019 Verizon Mobile Security Index (MSI), last year, one quarter of healthcare companies reported a mobile-related compromise.

And, according to the same report, over two-fifths of respondents who said that they’d experienced a mobile-related compromise said it involved phishing. Phishing attacks have become increasingly more common and difficult to defend against as they’ve evolved to take advantage of the mobile-first, cloud-first and perimeter-less world. 

Securing the healthcare industry: Lookout Phishing & Content Protection 

As one of the most highly regulated industries that is increasingly relying on mobile, healthcare organizations need to extend their security strategy to employee devices. Security teams must adapt their vision and strategy to include security tools that protect sensitive data from phishing attacks. 

In fact, HIPAA requires organizations to protect patient data accessed by mobile devices and applications, and as more healthcare organizations build out a mobile-focused infrastructure, there must be assurance that those devices and applications are monitored and protected. 

Early detection of phishing attacks targeting any endpoint, mobile and otherwise, has become increasingly difficult in the post-perimeter world. Lookout Phishing & Content Protection is designed to keep healthcare organizations secure from phishing attacks in a mobile-first, cloud-first and perimeter-less world. By continuously monitoring the health of devices that are accessing medical records, Lookout ensures that patient data and privacy is protected. 

Register for our webinar Phishing is the biggest threat in today’s post-perimeter world - Healthcare, happening on October 22 at 10am PT. 


Author

Santosh Krishnan,
Chief Product Officer