Like most organizations, you are already using the Cloud to share files and backup data. But over the next year, many health institutions are planning to move mission-critical applications and databases to the cloud*. That's because cloud services and solutions provide the opportunity to cut costs and improve the quality of care.
We recommend an IMS strategy (Identify, Match and Secure), as you mature your cloud infrastructure: (1) Identify your business goals, (2) Match with the right Cloud infrastructure, (3) Secure the endpoint devices.
Identify & Match
If efficiency and collaboration is your goal, move email to the Cloud if you haven’t already; this will reduce the burden on IT or the costs of outdated 3rd party email servers.
Are you using more than one public cloud provider for storage and collaboration? Consolidate rather than creating data silos or make use of publicly available APIs to link services together.
Further down the collaboration path, you can deploy ‘virtual desktops’ to your users with a solution such as Lenovo Unified Workspace. This workspace aggregation solution makes it possible to deliver access to public or private web-based apps for medical research or accessing patient data, legacy Windows apps, remote desktops, cloud storage and file shares - all in a user-friendly, cost effective, web-based UI on any device.
Migrating on-premises or hosted databases to the Cloud? Private cloud is the right solution if you have legacy applications, or security requirements that mandate an on-premises solution. Otherwise, consider ‘hybrid cloud’ which combines private and public services. Sensitive data and complex workloads can leverage on-premise infrastructure, improving control and reducing latency, but still enabling scale and efficiency through collaboration services on the public cloud. For example, relaying data between healthcare providers and insurance companies whilst compartmentalizing confidential patient data.
Three quarters of cloud data breaches are caused by malicious acts or human error** with most of those targeting endpoint devices through malware, or because data was stored inappropriately on unsecured devices. Healthcare is the most expensive industry when it comes to the cost of data breaches*, with a per capita cost of US$380 per data breach.
Protecting endpoint devices is a critical aspect of Cloud security. Issue endpoint devices that support multi-factor authentication (e.g. biometric security) and enable MFA policies.
Full-disk encryption of devices will protect them from giving up their Cloud access credentials in the event of theft or loss.
And there are ways to improve the security of users’ connection to cloud services. For example, Lenovo Vantage detects and analyzes in real-time any threats or attacks that are present near the laptop and enables it to distinguish between legitimate and possibly malicious networks.
* Lenovo research, 2017 ** Ponemon, 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study