In recent years, the healthcare sector in India has witnessed a surge in cyberattacks, prompting hospitals to ramp up their security infrastructure. Experts attribute the widely-publicized cyberattack on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in November as a wake-up call for the industry, leading hospital executives to sharpen their focus on security solutions that could strengthen their systems.
According to Researchers, cyberattacks in the healthcare sector surged by 60% in 2022 compared to the previous year. Cybersecurity firm reported that India was the second-most targeted country after the US in terms of attacks on the healthcare sector last year. It detected that out of one million attacks on its healthcare customers every month in 2022, 278,000 were from India.
Consequently, the healthcare sector is looking towards newer cybersecurity technologies such as Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR/XDR) and zero-trust user access tools. Hospitals are replacing traditional approaches like Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and individual antivirus protections for their endpoints with newer tools that focus on verification of identification through more stringent controls, making it harder for a hacker to penetrate.
Several hospitals have made upgrades to their cybersecurity posture in the past few months. Delhi’s PSRI Hospital has deployed new and upgraded solutions, such as an advanced firewall that offers advanced threat protection and endpoint detection and response (EDR) software that alerts tech teams when it detects suspicious activity.
Moreover, hospitals are exploring advanced threat intelligence tools that offer real-time detection and analysis of threats, using artificial intelligence and other software to detect threats in real-time, making them more effective for protection against modern threats.
Overall, the healthcare sector in India is taking proactive measures to fortify their cybersecurity defenses, and it is hoped that these measures will reduce the risk of cyberattacks in the future.