Everyone who works in the healthcare industry has a responsibility to maintain the integrity of sensitive patient data. Modern technology like cloud storage makes patient data more easily accessible to doctors who need it quickly, but this convenience can also make sensitive information more prone to data loss and malicious attacks. Are you aware of the most common risks to cloud security?
- Insecure transmission
When patient data is transferred to the cloud, an encrypted secure communication channel like SSL/TLS must be used. Otherwise a malicious attacker can intercept the data.
- Account hijacking
This occurs when a password is hacked because two-factor authentication isn’t used. Once a malicious attacker hijacks an account, damage to the integrity of the data, data loss, or disrupted service often follows.
- Data Loss
Data can be lost any number of ways with cloud storage: via malicious attack, a natural disaster, or an insecure cloud service provider. Backing up sensitive patient data and important information to a hard drive can prevent the frustration of lost data.
- Malicious insiders
Cloud service providers may be a risk factor if they don’t have measures in place for tracking the activities of their employees who can easily misuse confidential patient data. Researching the certifications, credentials and internal security guidelines of a CSP is recommended.
- Lack of awareness
Individual users and companies who remain unaware about how cloud systems work, how the cloud service provider (CSP) operates, and how to debug an application, often experience lost data.
- Side-channel attacks
Data breaches can take place when more than one virtual machine (VM) runs on the same host, and one machine accesses the data of another. This type of attack is on the rise, even with encrypted transmissions like HTTPS or WiFi encryption on the web.
- Insecure APIs
Application programming interfaces (APIs) that aren’t secure can be used by an attacker who gains a token to access service and manipulate data.
- Abuse of Services
Malicious attackers are drawn to CSPs who keep the registration process simple and anonymous (for example, when only a credit card number is required to register). Cloud data is hacked for hash cracking, malware distribution and spamming.
- Service Denial Attacks
A denial of service attack against the CSP disrupts cloud storage service entirely. This is possible when an attacker uses all of a CSP’s disk space, CPU, RAM or network bandwidth to immobilize the system.
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