Simulating Attacks to Secure Healthcare

Breach and Attack Simulation Improves Healthcare Cybersecurity

Healthcare and related organizations have complex, data-rich environments which are juicy targets for attack. Attempting to secure data against attack in such sprawling environments, with diverse operating systems, legacy hardware, and unrelated data stores, all without impacting patient care is a delicate balancing act. That’s why criminals are targeting Healthcare daily.

Historically, attackers were after Electronic Health Records (EHR) which are highly valuable on the black market. Now, new tools and techniques like ransomware have been proven to be a more direct route to lucrative paydays for criminals. While EHR-related crimes can result in fines, distract security teams with notifications, and erode patient/customer trust, ransomware attacks have the same effects, while also quite literally putting lives on the line.

The public data proves that the healthcare industry is a rich target, which makes additional attackers even more motivated, and brazen. Between 20 and 40 publicized healthcare-related breaches have been reported every month for the last few years, primarily stolen directly from the records of healthcare providers, secondarily from insurance providers and other closely related third-parties.

Simulate healthcare attacks first, to pinpoint where to focus

Common to every single recent healthcare-related breach, is that every compromised entity had invested in and deployed various cybersecurity tools and processes. But despite this investment, attackers were still able to get in, find sensitive data, and either encrypt or steal that data. Also common to nearly every one of these reported breaches - investigation only began after the data had been stolen and made public.

In order to get ahead of attackers, leading healthcare, insurance, and pharmaceutical companies have chosen SafeBreach to validate their security, and prioritize defensive efforts against thousands of proven and emerging attacks including:

  • Locky, JAFF, BadRabbit, Petya, NotPetya, WannaCry, and other ransomware attacks
  • US-CERT Alerts and related attack campaigns
  • Exfiltration of Electronic Health Record data and other personally identifiable information (PII)

SafeBreach automates attacks, and safely deploys them at scale across production environments to identify where defenses will stop attackers, and where it won’t. Unlike scan data, or vulnerability assessment, SafeBreach has no false positives, and shows both the strengths and weaknesses of cloud, network, and endpoint security solutions and compensating controls.

Get more from healthcare cybersecurity investment with SafeBreach

To eliminate wasted effort, and help to prioritize the security fixes and updates that matter most, all SafeBreach findings are easily sorted, filtered and visualized. This means teams spend very little time investigating where to start, and instead spend their efforts actually making improvements that will protect patient data, and drive compliance with HIPAA and related regulations.

Breach and Attack Simulation has also helped SafeBreach Healthcare customers get far more from their existing security investment. With just configuration updates, SafeBreach has provided the data to help teams optimize their security controls -- from stopping less than 30% of attacks, to stopping more than 60% of attacks -- all without any new investment or implementation.

By simulating attacks up-front, Healthcare security teams will understand how their people, processes, and technologies will be affected in the event of a breach. And since attacks can be run continuously, security teams can not only prioritize remediation, but also ensure that all fixes had the intended effect, and didn’t introduce new risk.

Whether it’s identifying unknown risk, mitigating audit surprises, justifying security investment, or just quantifying the impact of a breach - SafeBreach gives Healthcare organizations the tools, and the data, they need to eliminate complexity and make informed, effective security decisions.