Fending off hackers, security challenges presented during the COVID-19 pandemic, future risks to network security and more were center stage at a recent virtual roundtable. Our own Eric Dahl, Vice President of Business Development, joined industry experts to discuss trends and the future of IT security in the event, Safeguarding Our Network Infrastructure in Today’s Brave New World, hosted by Jaymie Scotto & Associates (JSA). Watch the virtual roundtable in its entirety at the bottom of this page or continue reading for a few highlights.
Healthcare IT and Network Infrastructure in a Post-COVID World
While fellow panelists provided helpful general insights into the IT security world, Dahl, a longtime expert in IT trends within the healthcare industry, talked specifically about how the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for healthcare IT professionals. Dahl said with the rise of telehealth and increased patient visits in recent months, healthcare leaders have realized how susceptible their infrastructure can be.
“If your on-site infrastructure isn’t updated, it sets you up for breaches and attacks,” commented Dahl. “5G will be a big help from a security standpoint. People have relied on Wi-Fi and it’s not one of the most secure architectures. We target bringing infrastructure up to date, and having private LTE and carrier LTE services.”
Dahl went on to detail how SVP’s new way of creating on-site communications infrastructure optimizes healthcare facilities to use 5G technology throughout the facility and how it creates a more secure and reliable healthcare IT network.
Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) within the healthcare industry gives medical professionals various ways to improve the care they provide. Robotic surgeries and tools that help diagnose skin cancer are just two examples of uses for AI within the healthcare industry. However, the increased use of AI creates more potential for security breaches.
“AI will help good guys and bad guys,” said Dahl. “It quadruples the amount of access points at which the network can become vulnerable.”
Dahl said healthcare data breaches are among the most expensive at approximately $7 million on average. He and fellow panelists reinforced the importance of not only safeguarding network infrastructure now, but also having a plan for how to react in the wake of a potential breach. View Safeguarding Our Network Infrastructure in Today’s Brave New World in its entirety below. To learn more about how we can help you safeguard your healthcare IT network, visit our Healthcare page or contact us anytime.