As healthcare institutions become increasingly digital, their valuable data and operations are at greater risk, but hardware-level solutions can provide enhanced protection.
The healthcare industry is quickly adopting new technologies as it transitions to a digital future, and as such its attack surface is growing and making it more vulnerable to cyber security threat actors. It’s not only mission-critical medical equipment and clear data visualization that requires features such as fast access and high-quality video; it’s the entire healthcare IT infrastructure that needs safeguarding. The number of attacks on healthcare institutions grew by 55% in the US in 2020 and affected more than 26 million patient records as a result. The majority of these breaches, or 67.3%, came as a result of hacking and other IT incidents. Thankfully there are hardware solutions that can stop threat actors in their tracks. Here we will explore the key benefits of secure KVM (Keyboard-Video-Mouse) switches to ensure safe connectivity and optimize management of a group of computers or servers and prevent cyberattacks.
How to safeguard healthcare data at the hardware level
The first step is to limit physical access to the server room. The second step is to limit access and implement monitoring at the hardware level. At the same time, it is important to give IT managers the flexibility to access servers from anywhere.
This is where a KVM switch can help. The key benefits of using a KVM switch are:
1. Secure access: KVM switches are dedicated switching devices designed to avoid unauthorized access, guarantee data isolation, and are optimized for accessing computers at various security and authority levels.
2. Multiple computers / server control: Users get quick, easy access to multiple PCs or servers from a single workstation, be it an LCD console in a rack, a browser on a remote computer, a dedicated console or centralized management software.
3. Remote access: KVM over IP switches allow access within a local or worldwide network. Registered users have different access levels and simultaneous access can be allowed to operate the various servers independently.