Buyer's Handbook:

Deploy healthcare cybersecurity tools to protect vital data

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Protect health IT security with these top product suites

With deadly cyberattacks lurking in many forms, healthcare cybersecurity tools are more essential than ever before. Look no further than the 2015 Anthem data breach, which resulted in devastating loss to business and profits, to confirm that cybersecurity is critical to protect healthcare networks and systems.

Hospitals, doctors' offices and other health providers have become some of the biggest targets for cybercriminals in recent years. Considering the sensitive nature of patient data and the vital information that their systems contain -- medication, diagnoses, X-rays -- cybercriminals know that they can make a lot of money from data breaches of this kind.

Worse, these attacks have become more advanced. There was a time when all hospitals needed were antivirus software and a functional firewall. Now, they face tricky and insidious attacks like phishing and spear phishing scams, impersonation, ransomware and cryptojacking.

The good news is that healthcare cybersecurity tools are advancing to better match the more sophisticated threats they must protect against. Artificial intelligence is a very beneficial security feature available in modern tools that can analyze a high volume of data to detect abnormalities that may indicate a breach, attack or infection.

Health IT buyers should also look at what the product options offer for multi-platform support, cloud management, compliance management, email protection, system vulnerability, network monitoring and anomaly detection before they begin analyzing each product suite available. Healthcare organizations can only ensure proper protection if they implement the right set of tools that address their specific security gaps.

This buyer's guide directs Health IT buyers on how to do just that by detailing the most notable cyberattacks health organizations face and the leading products on the market that address those security concerns. With this information in hand, they can make the best purchasing decision to ensure the threats they are most vulnerable to do not penetrate their environments.

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