Why Penetration Testing is More Critical for Healthcare Practices Now Than Ever Before 

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18th April 2024

Cyberattack threats are a serious concern in today’s rapidly advancing digital landscape, especially in the healthcare sector. Despite advancements in cybersecurity, healthcare practices, especially smaller ones, remain vulnerable targets for cybercriminals. Penetration testing for healthcare practices, or pentest, has become indispensable in this ongoing battle. It is a proactive measure to identify and eliminate potential security weaknesses before cybercriminals can exploit them. 

What is Penetration Testing (PenTest)? 

Penetration testing mimics the tactics of real-world attackers, identifying vulnerabilities that could be exploited in an actual cyber attack. This process is not just about protecting; it’s about preserving patient trust, a cornerstone of healthcare services. By demonstrating a commitment to robust cybersecurity measures like penetration testing, healthcare practices can reassure their patients that their data is safe. This is not just a technical process; it’s a way to maintain the trust that is so vital to your operation and your patient’s safety. 

Penetration testing is not limited to your immediate IT infrastructure.

It extends to every part of your technological ecosystem, including:

  • Third-party suppliers like phone systems
  • Internet routers
  • Digital X-ray equipment.

It’s a thorough examination, and we closely scrutinise everything from top to bottom, leaving no stone unturned in securing your practice against cyber threats. Everything connected to an IP address and even payment processing systems like chip and pin machines are included, ensuring comprehensive protection. 

Why Do I Need Penetration Testing for My Healthcare Practice? 

So why are healthcare organisations particularly vulnerable? As many of our readers are well aware, the healthcare sector faces significant cybersecurity threats due to the high value of healthcare data, such as medical records and NHS numbers, to attackers. Recent statistics underscore the urgency and importance of addressing these threats.

In 2023 alone:

  • Cyberattacks compromised an estimated 118.9 million healthcare patient records, jeopardising data, patient trust, and privacy.
  • Healthcare was also identified as the most targeted industry by cybercriminals in the first half of 2023, with 45% of all cyberattacks aimed at this sector.
  • The trend is even more alarming for smaller, regional healthcare providers, which have seen a notable rise in attacks due in part to less robust cybersecurity measures. 

Given the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks targeting the healthcare sector, penetration testing is more than just a recommended practice; it is an essential component of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy.

Furthermore, the NHS, PCI, and Cyber Insurance requirements have heavily endorsed the use of this preliminary testing method. By staying one step ahead of cybercriminals and continually assessing and reinforcing their cybersecurity measures, healthcare practices can protect their patients’ data, maintain their trust, and ensure the continued provision of safe, secure healthcare services. 

Delivering Value on Penetration Testing for Healthcare Practices 

Previously, this thorough testing method was only available through expensive security consultants who conducted manual tests, making it impractical for smaller practices. However, with the PenTest service, this testing can now be conducted cost-effectively, delivering value to practices of any size. 

About Microminder 

With over 23 years of experience in the industry, at Microminder, we understand the unique communication needs of dental professionals, and we designed our tailored solutions to meet those specific requirements. Whether you run a small dental clinic or a multi-location practice, our services ensure seamless and reliable communication so you can focus on what matters most – providing exceptional dental care. Click here to learn more, or contact us today at 020 8799 6883! 

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