Firms told to look after their health

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By  Published  September 8, 2006

Security vendor Trend Micro is urging healthcare organisations to adopt technology solutions that can protect data held on confidential patient records. It said that while healthcare organisations were increasingly adopting technology to enable faster access to data — such as online patient records — this has brought with it associated security risks.

Security concerns for healthcare organisations include loss of confidential information in patient records, financial damage, compromised patient care and loss of reputation.

Trend Micro is urging healthcare providers to adopt technology which supports regulatory compliance. “Healthcare providers need to be protected from identity theft and data leakage of sensitive patient records, “ said Justin Doo, regional director of Trend Micro Middle East and Africa (MEA).

“Confidential data and customer identities have to be protected across multiple network channels, in line with privacy regulations, and all incoming/ outgoing mails and attachments have to be scanned to maintain data integrity,” he continued.

“The healthcare market is poised for major growth, and managers are in a positionto take control of their IT strategies and to have a significant impact on their organisations,” he added.

The firm is also urging healthcare organisations to ensure that they guard against loss of mobile devices such as laptops containing information about patients.

It is advising that systems and procedures should be standardised to ensure interoperability between healthcare systems in the different hospitals and that a security framework of integrated solutions that monitor the network at multiple layers for spyware, spam, viruses, phishing is in place as well as content and URL filtering.

“To protect critical data, infrastructure, brands and money, we advise healthcare providers to rethink how they protect their operations, processes and governance structures,” said Doo.

Trend Micro provides secure content and threat management solutiosn and has its headquarters in Tokyo. Last month the firm announced earnings of US$26.52million for the second quarter of 2006 — reflecting an increase of 17% in net sales compared with the same period the previous year.

During this quarter each of the firm’s regions achieved double-digit revenue growth, with the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region experiencing 15% growth.

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