Data Security Trends and Concerns in the Healthcare Industry

  • February 21, 2019

Big data analytics is at the forefront of innovation and as such, data Security Trends in the Healthcare Industry have become popular. Healthcare organizations and big Hospitals are always looking for the best way to protect their data. They are also on the lookout for the most advanced data analytics trends that would help them interpret the data for profitable and innovation purposes. Below we discuss some of the most popular data Security Trends in the Healthcare Industry that have come to light in the last 5 years and in the last decade.

Data Manipulation Trends

Data manipulation is the less popular but more deadly cousin of data theft. Data manipulation has become a more dire threat because data thieves, hackers and those with sinister motives are changing their approach from straight out data theft to data manipulation. When data thieves attack the data integrity of a database it could lead to long-lasting negative consequences. One important factor about data is that it has to be trustworthy and accurate and when this is compromised it could lead to mistakes some of which can cause the company to lose money, lose customers, and lose goodwill with its stakeholders.

High Demand for In-House
Cyber Security Talent

As data security threats continue to rise, so will the need and demand for data talent. Because of the dire consequences of data loss or data manipulation and other forms of data security breaches, companies are being more proactive in their data protection. Thus they are seeking more talent in the cybersecurity fields and in data analytics, data protection, etc. And most organizations are choosing to hire these data protection personnel to be in-house. This means that internal training and skill development is also on the rise. With these companies can tailor their data training to fit their specific data security needs.

Personal Data Autonomy and Security

Just as companies are seeking to have more control of their data protection and security needs, individuals are also getting on board with this trend by moving more towards personal data autonomy. The recent technological and social media trends have led to savvier consumers mindsets and recent scandals that reveal how consumer data is being used without consent and for malicious purposes has led to individuals choosing to pay more attention to how they use their data and how they share their data.

This increased desire for dat autonomy has led to more clever ways of storing data and sharing data as individuals pay more attention to who has access to their data and who can use their data. One way individuals have become savvier is through the use of cloud storage. Cloud storage services like Google clouds, iCloud, and other free services offer users the opportunity to store data such as photos, contacts, documents etc. and they can access this data from any location with an internet connection and with any device that can access the internet.

These storage places are password protected thus giving users the security they seek and also keeping the data safe from theft, manipulation, and other threats. The increased demand for safer ways to store data that are also more convenient has also driven innovation in the cloud storage space.

Users can store and share data securely with increased options and customization. Services like Dropbox and WeTransfer makes it possible to share pictures and heavy files easily without compromising data space in the hardware and they can also be password protected to guard against data theft and tampering. This advancement in personal cloud storage is a reflection of the increased concern for data security and increased demand for data security technology and data autonomy.

Data Privacy and Exclusivity Trends

Now besides being able to store personal data in the cloud and have it password protected and protected against theft and breach, it gets a bit more complicated when an individual has to share their data for important reasons. Say for example in a healthcare organization, patients have to share their data and have this data stored in the hospitals’ system and this could lead to some data privacy issues.

Another data privacy issue is when people make a purchase online, or visit a website, or research a product, their data is then collected or cookies are attached to their browser leading them to get targeted ads for a period of time. This kind of tracking has raised lots of data privacy issues because it seems the moves of everyone is being tracked and thus privacy is a thing of the past.

Though many people do not care about these and sometimes it is an advantage to have advertising especially tailored to your preferences but the increased intrusion has become disconcerting to people. There are even theories that the audio and video function of personal computers and phones can be hacked to watch people and listen in on their conversations. These theories and more increase the desire for increased security and privacy among consumers and companies alike. Individuals take measures like installing anti-tracking software, or software that gets rid of cookies and cloaking software etc.

Advanced Hackers

Just as awareness is rising, cyber data hackers and security breaches are becoming savvier and finding clever ways to hack and manipulate data. This has led to a race between companies trying to hire the best talent even if they have questionable pasts and methods. So for example, if a hacker tries and succeeds to hack a company, instead of repercussions they might actually get a job offer from that company or from a competing company.