The Healthcare security landscape is facing a rising threat of malicious attacks that target protected health care information and/or personally identifiable information. The number of incidents that evade traditional security defenses are increasing at an alarming rate, and with the growing prevalence of EHRs, the playing field has become more enticing to hackers. According to a May 2015 Ponemon Institute study, criminal attacks on healthcare data are up 125% compared to five years ago, and the average cost of a data breach for healthcare organizations is estimated to be more than $2.1 million.
Protecting patient information is a core measure of HIPAA compliance, and proper protection of that information includes Network and Security Systems testing and remediation. However, it can be very difficult for many Healthcare organizations to test and analyze network vulnerabilities. Most Healthcare IT Departments simply do not have resources or expertise that can be dedicated to the design and implementation of testing methodologies that actively analyze their systems for technical vulnerabilities. In response, many Healthcare providers have partnered with BlueOrange Compliance to help pinpoint real risks to their networks, assess the performance of their overall security controls, and provide remediation support and guidance.