What type of data does your organization process?
- 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.
- You send and store documents with sensitive intellectual property information that pharmaceutical companies should protect.
- 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?
- Avoid data leaks - when everybody could know about your patients’ sensitive documents.
- 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.
- Avoid corporate espionage - especially in the the pharma sector.
- 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?
- You might have to pay financial penalties to the regulators (GDPR, DORA, NIS-2, Privacy Acts, and others).
- You can lose the trust of your patients after a data leak. Sometimes, you should expect a case to be filed against you.
- 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.
- You can damage your reputation as a doctor, which could be detrimental to your business.