Mature threat assessment results in improved healthcare service.
Wanting to ensure they were improving their cyber security posture, this leading academic and research hospital engaged MNP in 2015 to conduct a series of three Maturity and Threat Analyses.
Healthcare institutions face several unique challenges when it comes to cyber security, ranging from an increasing number of attempted and successful attacks in recent years, storing a wide breadth of sensitive personal information – both patient and employee – and the relative lack of available resources for incumbents in the healthcare field to invest in shoring up their cyber security defences.
The nature of the client’s operations, the constantly shifting threat landscape, and the evolving technology landscape within the healthcare sector would require an iterative threat analysis approach to ensure their cyber security strategy remains current with trends and continues to protect their information and human capital.
Our first step was to establish a baseline measurement of the client’s general cyber security preparedness. We reviewed their current cyber security controls and determined where deficiencies existed.
We then presented our findings to the executive on specific threats to their operations, general threats within the healthcare sector, and a broader context of the hardware and managed service solutions needed to secure their computing environment.
Deficiency Rectification Analysis
We conducted the second phase of the Maturity Threat Analysis after the client had time to implement some of our recommendations. We followed the same approach as our baseline analysis, this time looking for changes in their threat profile indicative of an improved cyber security posture along with other potential threats that may not have appeared originally.
The baseline analysis and deficiency rectification analysis allowed our team to design a more tailored risk management plan for the client – protecting their patients and staff and allowing them to move forward with confidence even as threats and tactics evolve.