What type of data does your organization process?

  1. You store and exchange documents and e-mails containing sensitive data such as patient documents, results of diagnostic tests, medical cards, and treatment history. You exchange documents and e-mails internally and often send patient documents outside your organization.
  2. You  send and store documents with sensitive intellectual property information that pharmaceutical companies should protect.
  3. You exchange documents with law firms, HR agencies, external accounting offices, auditors, banks, insurance brokers, marketing agencies, and others.

Why should you protect yourself and your patients?

  1. Avoid data leaks - when everybody could know about your patients’ sensitive documents. 
  2. Avoid ransomware with double extortion when data from your notebooks, e-mail, and servers gets stolen, and you are blackmailed and forced to pay a ransom. Hackers demand a ransom for not disclosing stolen data but might do it anyway.
  3. Avoid corporate espionage - especially in the the pharma sector.
  4. Avoid invoice or other documentation hacking - when your customer paid using the wrong wire transfer information based on a fake invoice.

What can happen after a cybersecurity incident?

  1. You might have to pay financial penalties to the regulators (GDPR, DORA, NIS-2, Privacy Acts, and others).
  2. You can lose the trust of your patients after a data leak. Sometimes, you should expect a case to be filed against you. 
  3. You could have to pay a ransom to hackers because continuity of operations is crucial in the healthcare sector, and you cannot function with the lives and health of your patients in mind.
  4. You can damage your reputation as a doctor, which could be detrimental to your business.