Prediction: Continued rise in cyberattacks and shift in how patient data is accessed will require a multi-tiered approach to cybersecurity.According to a recent report, in the second quarter of 2017 life sciences and healthcare organizations suffered more security incidents than any other industry, surpassing the public sector. Simultaneously, as more providers utilize personal or hand-held devices to access data, it means extremely valuable patient data is more vulnerable to cyber threats. In the coming years, the industry will see a rapid rise in ransomware and DDoS attacks that threaten patient data, as well as the business reputations of the organizations trusted to protect it. These security risks are not lost on consumers; the recent Unisys Security Index™ found that a large majority of U.S. respondents registered concern about the possibility of hackers or malicious intruders gaining access to internet-connected medical devices such as defibrillators, pacemakers or insulin pumps belonging to them or someone they know. As a result, Unisys predicts companies will shift toward a multi-tiered, holistic approach to security. To ensure proper security, all devices will require equally strong protection, including personal devices that interact with multiple networks. While it will require more than one type of protection, those that are best poised to adapt will start with a thorough security assessment to analyze network and devices, which in turn can determine how different aspects of security can work together best for the business. Prediction: Compliance and certification move to the cloud. Historically, legacy hardware and a lack of centralized mandates for certification have hindered migration to the cloud in life sciences and healthcare. This has largely been based upon a general distrust of allowing critical IP and patient information "outside the gates." Unisys predicts that advancements in cloud-based software and security, coupled with proper guidance, will help providers more quickly adapt to ensure up-to-date compliance-based regulatory needs and help bridge the gap between compliance, security and privacy.
"To prepare for what's to come, first you have to take a step back," Livingstone said. "Completing a thorough review and assessment of one's technological and security needs, as well as data and compliance management as it relates to IP, patent and regulatory issues, life sciences and healthcare companies will make one well-positioned to succeed in the digital future."Unisys leverages deep domain expertise across several important vertical markets, including life sciences and healthcare, financial services, government and travel and transportation. Recently, Unisys launched ActiveInsights™ MedDevice, a comprehensive, integrated medical device management platform providing healthcare and life sciences companies with the ability to seamlessly monitor all of the medical devices within their organization. For more information about how Unisys can help you manage your life sciences and healthcare needs across the globe, please visit http://www.unisys.com/industries/commercial/life-sciences-and-healthcare. About Unisys Unisys is a global information technology company that specializes in providing industry-focused solutions integrated with leading-edge security to clients in the government, financial services and commercial markets. Unisys offerings include security solutions, advanced data analytics, cloud and infrastructure services, application services and application and server software. For more information, visit www.unisys.com. Follow Unisys on Twitter and LinkedIn. RELEASE NO.: 1106/9552 Unisys and other Unisys products and services mentioned herein, as well as their respective logos, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Unisys Corporation. Any other brand or product referenced herein is acknowledged to be a trademark or registered trademark of its respective holder. UIS-C View original content: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/unisys-predicts-proliferation-of-iot-and-other-connected-technologies-will-accelerate-security-threats-to-life-sciences-and-healthcare-industry-300548634.html SOURCE Unisys Corporation