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Healthcare delivery organizations (or HDOs) increasingly rely on mobile devices to provide better patient care inside hospitals and medical facilities, as well as outside in field and home care settings. There are productivity, cost and quality-of-care benefits to giving medical professionals quick access to patient, diagnostic and supply information anywhere and anytime. This mobility also creates the unwanted side effect of a significant exposure risk for providers if devices are ever compromised by network, application or operating system-level attacks.
As a healthcare provider, you are ultimately responsible for the security of vital patient data. Do you have a strategy for addressing mobile threats?
Gartner, Inc. “Five Best Practices That Healthcare Provider CIOs Can Use to Reduce Mobile Device Security Risk, Gregg Pessin, April 2016More from Gartner
HDOs are driven to provide better patient outcomes, and mobile devices are quickly changing how medical services are delivered through real-time access and collaboration. Healthcare organizations are required by national (HIPAA) and international regulations to keep patient data secure. This is no longer a simple task, given the increased proliferation of both company-issued and bring-your-own devices (BYOD) that may be used inside and outside the facility by medical staff, partners and patients.
Networks aren’t trusted. Doctors, nurses and administrative staff using devices on- or off-site may access patient data and payment information (PCI) via untrusted or “guest” Wi-Fi networks that seem to be valid access points. These networks can allow a Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attack to read or download sensitive information, or install code on their devices that may contain malware or allow root device-level control.
Medical professionals are usually not IT/InfoSec experts, and while they can be trained in the company’s policy for secure mobility, they should not be expected to install security software on their device in order to stop a breach or device-level hacking attempts.
The increased number of devices and the potential value of private medical data greatly increases the attack surface for hackers and cyber threats. HDO organizations need to address cyber attacks on mobile devices and must protect patient data on lost or stolen devices. A compromised smartphone that interacts with your network can act as a trojan enabling a broader breach and misplaced devices contain valuable data and credentials.
Much like a doctor can diagnose an illness by analyzing the symptoms your body is exhibiting, Zimperium detects both known and unknown threats by analyzing the behavior of mobile devices. By analyzing slight deviations to the mobile device’s operating system’s statistics, memory, CPU and other system parameters, Zimperium can accurately identify not only the specific type of malicious attack, but also provide forensics associated with each specific attack.
Our zIPS app provides continuous self-service mobile threat detection and remediation for Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices against network-based (or MITM) attacks, rogue application installs and OS vulnerabilities. Users are immediately alerted to threats and can resolve them and have forensics sent to the security team. Our patented machine-learning detection and custom mobile security research guards against new and evolving threats to healthcare providers, employees and patients.
Integrates with the leading EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) and MDM (Mobile Device Management) solutions to provide comprehensive policy management and threat detection for company issued or personal devices.
Respects international patient privacy laws and protects private health information (PHI) by detecting and remediating issues locally on the device without sending patient data to the cloud or impacting device performance.