Utilizing Azure Backup Increases Healthcare Data Security Against Breach Attacks

Healthcare data is increasingly under attack, and the rate of data breach attempts in healthcare will only continue to rise. The vast amounts of PI (personal information)  and PHI (personal health information) that the healthcare industry is required to retain makes this industry a prime target for all kinds of data breach attacks, including ransomware.

The LA Times recently reported a ransomware attack that took place at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, during which hackers hospital took control of the hospital’s IT systems and demanded $17,000 (40 bit coin) before they would give control back to the hospital. The hospital said that no patient data was compromised, but the attack illustrated just how far the healthcare industry has to go in achieving data security.

Threat Vectors Continue to Rise

While the increasing black market value of data makes data breach attacks on all industries a more profitable enterprise, health data is seen as being particularly profitable. A typical patient’s PHI will not only contain all of the traditional information attackers like to target (names, addresses, social security numbers, banking and credit information), but also adds healthcare and prescription data. This data can be used to falsify prescriptions for trending black market drug favorites, such as opiates, for later sales. Another popular use of stolen health care data is in the filing of fraudulent health insurance claims, which according to the U.S. Justice Department amounted to $1.9 billion.  

As healthcare data is made more available to patients by leveraging cloud storage to provide real time data via websites and smartphone apps, the efforts to secure this data becomes more complex.  Additionally, as more IoT devices come online in healthcare organizations, the number of targets grows, giving healthcare organizations much larger scale of devices and data delivery points to wrap their security postures around.

The challenges do not stop here. Many of the IoT devices used in healthcare still transmit information in the clear, making data interception an easy task for any potential attacker using a readily downloadable hacking toolkit. The ever evolving nature of malware attacks, which was the attack vector used against Hollywood Presbyterian, are staying ahead of far too many healthcare organization’s security protocols.

Losses due to critical data files and services being encrypted and rendered inaccessible, as well as to ransoms paid out to the attackers, are increasing exponentially.

Actionable Data Security

The FBI has recommended that a regular backup is the simplest and most effective tool a healthcare organization could have at their disposal, and Azure Backup is the perfect backup solution for the task of protecting healthcare data from all data breach attacks, including ransomware.

And while technical innovation in the healthcare sector can be slower than other businesses, moving data and data backups into a cloud platform like Azure gives a healthcare organization an immediate leg up in protecting and securing its data. When Champion works with a healthcare organization on data protections, we key in on four major points.

  • Reduced server footprint. In backing up or moving important data into Azure, an organization immediately gains reduced operating costs thank to the decommissioning of onsite servers. Further cost gains and operational efficiencies are gained by having your data and data backups managed externally.
  • Improved Data Security. Data stored in Azure will be outside of the reach of data attacks thanks to how your data is stored, and is monitored 24x7x365 by Microsoft’s data centers.
  • Scalability. This ensures that your storage grows with your business. Azure Backup servers scale automatically when your data storage needs call for additional space, saving you time and resources while allowing your IT staff to focus more on day to day organizational tasks.
  • Ease of Backups and Disaster recovery. Most backup and disaster recovery plans operate from the assumption that anything can happen at any moment. That places a large importance on having a good backup and ensuring access to the critical files you need to continue to operate as close to normal as possible.

The Azure Backup data storage offering by Microsoft is an easy and effective way to thwart data breaches and other data attacks while improving overall organizational performance while enjoying large efficiency gains.

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The subject matter expertise that Champion has to offer clients in the healthcare industry brings peace of mind to those heavily dependent on data security. We work with you to enact a highly scalable and cost effective data management system that enhances your overall security posture. Contact us today to speak to our Azure design staff and find out what solution is best for you.

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Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.

 

Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.

 

Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!

 

As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.

 

He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.

 

Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.

 

Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.

 

In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.

 

Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.