Cyber-Security Experts Advise Companies to Beef Up Network Security

How much does network security matter to different industries? In the healthcare sector, a secure network can help protect not just data, but also prevent loss of human lives.

Hussein Syed, chief information security officer for RWJBarnabas Health, said a full-scale audit using an IoT cyber-security program helped in identifying security weaknesses. For the largest health provider in New Jersey, a secure data network remains one of the top priorities.

Security audit

Syed’s audit discovered 70,000 Internet devices were connected across RWJBarnabas Health’s 13 hospitals, including security cameras and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Some batteries found in the audit could have failed to function if hackers were able to manipulate a hospital’s power network, which can give them illegal access to tamper life support machines and other important equipment.

UPS replacement batteries are efficient, but it does not mean that they are immune to malicious online activity. Fortunately for Syed, the audit allowed them to close security loopholes that may expose patient data, which is “worth 50 times more than credit card data” on the black market. A hacker may steal health records and demand a ransom for a safe return, just like what happened when a recent malware hit hospitals around the world, including in the UK.

UPS protection

UPS battery storage technology has provided businesses in the UK with an alternative to store power provided by the National Grid. Some of the benefits of using UPS batteries include a three-millisecond timeframe in recognizing when the National Grid fails to supply electricity, which will then offer seamless energy for up to two hours.

Airline businesses, in particular, should consider using batteries for power storage, following a recent power failure in late May that caused canceled trips and stranded passengers at two of the largest British airports.

Companies that rely on continuous power supply should never be complacent about the security of their data network, especially since cyber attacks have become more sophisticated.